SPBC was supposed to hold a Parent Appreciation Day this month. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were not able to do so. While many people might not be spending Mother’s Day with their family today, I still think it is important to recognize those who have filled this role in our lives, whether it is a mother or another parental figure. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the people in our lives who helped make dancing a possibility for many of us.
To all the mothers, parents, grandparents, older siblings, and kind hearted people… thank you. Thank you for spending hours of your lives driving us to classes, rehearsals, performances, competitions, and auditions. Thank you to those who work multiple jobs to help pay for our tuition, fees, costumes, pointe shoes, summer intensives, and physical therapy. Thank you to those who learned how to do a bun and stage makeup because we were too young to do it ourselves. Thank you for attending every performance and telling us how beautiful we danced, regardless of how we think we looked. Thank you for taking photos and videos of us, because even if we don’t like them now, we will appreciate them one day when our kids ask to see them. Thank you those who make our career the center of their world. Thank you to those who wait backstage to help repair costumes or to console an emotional dancer whose “career is over” because they slipped on stage. Thank you for loving us unconditionally, even after we acknowledge how irrational our thoughts were at the time. Most importantly, thank you to those who let us spread our wings, even when holding us close is all they want to do.If there is a person in your life who does these things, whether it is your mother or someone else, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Count your blessings. And to all dance teachers, male or female, thank you for being the light in so many dancers’ lives. Thank you for being a parent figure for your students and for being with them through emotional breakdowns. Ballet isn’t an easy career and more often than not, you’re the person they see most often. I think I can speak for the entire dance community when I say that your investment in us doesn’t go unnoticed and even when you don’t think you are, you’re inspiring someone to keep going.After all that is said and done, please be mindful of those who are struggling today. Some of us may become mothers one day, but some of us may not. Let today inspire us to take care of others, even if we aren’t their mother. Mother’s Day doesn’t look the same for everyone, but for all of the mothers celebrating today, thank you and Happy Mother’s Day. I’m sending all my love to you.Brianna