Hi! Thank you for joining the Prosody Community! I am so happy you are here. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am a mother of five and have been moving around the past 15 years following my husband's medical training. We are almost done! No matter where we go, dance has always been a part of my life. When I was in kindergarten I received a book entitled "The Silver Slippers". In the book the main character dreams of becoming a ballerina but she isn't as good as everyone in her class. Her mother presents her with a necklace with a ballet slippers pendant and tells her that if she really wants to be a ballerina she has to work hard and maybe practice more than the other girls. She wears the necklace to remind her what she really wants and practices and practices. Eventually all her hard work pays off and she is asked to be the prima ballerina. I loved that book. My mom read it to me so much that I had it memorized. All I wanted was to be that girl and be a ballerina. My mom signed me up for classes and I fell in love. Ballet is truly my first love. From there my love for dance in all its forms grew and even though I wasn't the best one in class I never forgot what I really wanted, to dance. Eventually I became a dance teacher and found something even better than performing, choreography. Creating a piece of dance, interpreting the music, allowing the movement to speak to an audience is a creative process I cannot live without. Creating something unique and different and teaching my students to tap into their own expressive selves while demonstrating exact technique is one of my true joys in life. In my role as a teacher and choreographer I was given opportunities to work as a company director, studio manager, and recital manager. I love the process of creating a show by my combing my love for dance and organization. Prosody was born out of that same love. I still have the book that inspired me when I was child and started my journey into the dance world. It still inspires me and reminds me of what I really want. Only now do I realize that "The Silver Slippers" wasn't really about ballet, but about working hard, sometimes harder than everyone else, to overcome obstacles and achieve your dreams. As a five year old girl that lesson sank into my heart and became a part of who I am. It's now a part of Prosody. Thank you for your support as we build Prosody to improve the dance community that I love.