Mary Kathryn

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MY STORY

At age 5 I started taking ballet, jazz, and tap classes like many other little girls, but by age 7 my parents thought I wasn’t getting enough out of the classes so I stopped.  It soon became clear that my talents were in music so my middle and high school years were filled with piano and voice lessons and many chorus and solo performances.  It was not until the summer before my senior year of college as a voice major that dance was reawakened in me.  An angel of a choreographer that I was working with at an opera/theatre camp took a special interest in me and encouraged me to dance.  She was actually the first person to refer to me as a “dancer,” something I had never seen myself as.  That following year I took as many dance classes as I could, but after I graduated, real world work life, marriage and graduate school put dancing on hold.  When I was 28 I decided to pursue a career in musical theatre and found a wonderful new dance studio that offered adult classes.   Finally I was able to take several classes a week and get the training I should have had many years before.   I was in the best shape of my adult life!  I had a baby at age 34 and once again dancing went on hold.  Although I’ve been able to dance in shows, it was not until I discovered TDW this year that I have been able to get back into classes.  I am now 46 but I am determined to get back to the place I was several years ago, and now because of TDW I know I have a future as a dancer!

What TDW Means to Me:

For me, TDW means hope and joy.  At every class I am encouraged by the changes I see in my body and the way that I feel.  I am getting my flexibility back and I feel energized because of the classes.  I am hopeful now about getting older.  I get such a positive feeling from Jules’ classes and she has certainly sparked a joy inside me that I have been missing.

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