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July 11, 2014


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Heartbroken. It was all I could think when I heard the news today, day 22.

Our dance teacher has decided to close her studio doors. Her own children are of an age where she has decided she needs to be home with them and the hours a dance studio must keep do not allow this for the parent of school-aged children. It was a heartbreaking, devastating decision for her and for us. This place has been a huge part of our lives for 16 years. Sarah was, of course, looking forward to finishing her senior year of high school while participating in her last full year of dance in the place that she has loved her whole life. It was so much more than a place where my daughters and I took dance lessons; it was our home away from home, a place where many friendships were born and grew and flourished.

I didn’t take any photos today, but I realized I never shared any of the shots I took at dress rehearsal this year. I perhaps would have been better about gathering some extra, more poignant shots had I known this was to be our last dress rehearsal and recital for the Karrie-Lyn Studio of Dance. I don’t have the joy in my heart today to give these photos the proper editing job they deserve, so I am presenting them here SOOC.

Sarah’s jazz solo, “Round and Round” by Ratt

Meghan’s “college girls return” tap dance to “Black Betty” by Ram Jam

Sarah’s ballet dance to the Arabian music from the Nutcracker Suite

Sarah’s lyrical dance to “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel

Sarah’s jazz dance to “Applause” by Lady GaGa….

… that our dance teacher just happened to have a spare costume for that just happened to fit Meghan


  1. Oh Karen, I know exactly how you feel, I’ve been in this very same position with my two girls. It took me weeks to get my head around the fact that they would no longer be dancing at the same studio, with the same girls, and same teachers that they had been with for over ten years. Hayley continued ballet elsewhere and only stopped about a years ago, when she felt that her body had been strained long enough! But we still have the photos, videos and the memories, as you do also. You have made some beautiful memories at the Karrie-Lyn Studio of Dance and you will always have those, but change is hard. xxx

    Comment by Joanne — July 11, 2014 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Joanne. I’ve enjoyed this part of my life for such a long time (I danced there too!) and just can’t imagine not having it any more. As with all things, time will heal this wound too.

      Comment by Karma — July 12, 2014 @ 8:25 am | Reply

  2. Things become such a big part of our inner and outer lives. What a pity that you have lost the dance school. But what wonderful memories you must have.

    P.S. I have worried from time to time about the day when our Friday “Lunch Bunch Choir” folds and the empty place its absence will create in my heart.

    Comment by sybil — July 12, 2014 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. I never thought it would end the way it has.

      Comment by Karma — July 13, 2014 @ 8:08 am | Reply

  3. I am feeling heartbroken just pondering this. You remind me of the days after our daughter graduated from high school and quit skating. After so many years there was this open space… It’s not the same as having a place close, though.

    Comment by Kathy — July 12, 2014 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. An end of one thing is usually the beginning of something else though, right? We will have to find out what our new beginning will be.

      Comment by Karma — July 13, 2014 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  4. Beautiful shots! Lovely! Karma, do you have any videos of Sarah/Meghans dance? esp. ballet?
    The dance experts like this, who are so confident on stage really impress me.. Well, closure of the studio is not a good feeling. Hope you guys find another good studio….

    Comment by sonali — July 13, 2014 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sonali. Yes, we have videos of recital on DVD’s. I don’t think I could upload them to the blog though.

      Comment by Karma — July 14, 2014 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

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