The Purple Tutu: An Update

Monday, April 8, 2013

A few of you asked for an update on The Purple Tutu, and I'm so glad you did. The first class was a beautiful success, and well . . . just see for yourself:
In Holland's own words:
The Spring Workshop went better than I thought!  The kids seemed to have tons of fun and learn a lot!  I was told by the families that the children went home and showed them steps learned in class!  It was such an amazing experience!  I felt I could see the children's "gears" turning in their heads.  It was awesome to watch them conquer the steps they had trouble with!  On the first class one dancer would not leave her mother's lap.  By the end of the second class the child was dancing all on her own with her mother crying happy tears in the background!!  It was a truly an awesome experience.  We had some fabulous volunteers that helped everything run smoothly!  We all can't wait to do it again for our Summer Workshop tentatively scheduled for the weeks of July 29th and August 5th.  Pictures are attached.  More pictures can be found on our Facebook page, The Purple Tutu Ballet.  Thank you so much for your interest in my project!  I really appreciate all your support!  

And a testimonial from a grateful grandmother:

I just had to express my deepest gratitude to you and your two ballet companions for providing the most delightful experience for Sara and other girls like her. I was so impressed when I heard about what you were doing, and I was even more impressed after I witnessed WHAT you were doing. You are an extraordinary young lady to give of yourself and your time and talent to such a worthy and beneficial cause. I cried after attending the first class...cried "happy tears"...because I was just overcome seeing the joy on the children's faces and overcome with gratitude for The Purple Tutu. You have no idea how deeply you touched the lives of the children with whom you worked. I know first-hand the difference you made in Sara's life...being a butterfly has new meaning for her!
Thank you again for providing a most memorable and beautiful experience to some special little girls. Bless you!!! 

Now if that doesn't make your heart smile (or bring a tear to your eye!) then I don't know what's what. If you are interested in learning more about The Purple Tutu, email Holland at: 

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4 Responses to “The Purple Tutu: An Update”

  1. I cannot tell you how much I love this. I'm not sure if you know, but Brandon's only sibling, his sister Kylene, has Down Syndrome. Kylene was part of a ballet class when she was four and she still talks about it at nearly 34. :) It meant the world to Kylene, and my mother in law. As a mom of special kids, it's sometimes tough to let go of some of the hopes and expectations you have for your child. Kylene was just another little ballerina in her special ballet class. That meant a great deal to both of them! I can only hope to raise children with half the heart Holland and her friends have. What a great bunch of girls and thank you for sharing their story!

    1. Leslie - I did not know that, but I can only imagine what a great SIL you are to Kylene. And how awesome to hear that a ballet class made a difference in her life. I will make sure Holland sees your comment, as I know it will inspire her. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. What a beautiful story to begin my day! Praying blessing after blessing will result.