Thursday Open Thread | There is a Ballerina In All of Us

Just dust…
This is absolutely beautiful.


Ballet for Special Children
CBS NEWS December 23, 2018, 9:31 AM

Ballet is the stuff dreams are made of – the epitome of precision, grace and beauty. What little girl hasn’t dreamed of being up on that stage? Ten-year old Keren Rak-Mehler dreamed of being a ballerina, as she told us, speaking through her computer.
“I love to dance with my walker and learn new ballet moves,” she said.

Keren has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
“It was way too intimidating to every place that I asked about the dance programs – a, the wheelchair, b, the fact that she’s non-verbal,” said her mother, Iris Mehler. “They couldn’t quite handle the situation.”
Then Iris found a place that could handle the situation, where kids with disabilities of any kind can wear tutus and top hats, and dance.
For the last four years the New York City Ballet has offered a series of workshops for disabled youngsters. Siblings are welcome, too.
“Five minutes before the class, it’s total carnage, but there’s actually a method to the madness that’s going on,” said Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, who is a specialist in cerebral palsy.

The program came about when a mother of a child with cerebral palsy wrote the New York City Ballet and asked if they’d ever done workshops for children with disabilities. They hadn’t.
The Ballet’s Meghan Gentile reached out to Dr. Dutkowsky to help design such a program.
The key, said Gentile, was “not making this a therapy session, just really giving them the experience to move in a studio with live music, with other dancers.”
Doctor’s orders: no wheelchairs, and no braces.
“A mother came up after our first class and said, ‘I looked over and saw my daughter’s wheelchair, and she wasn’t in it!'” said Dr. Dutkowsky.

“Makes me cry,” said correspondent Lesley Stahl.
“Makes me smile!”
The teachers are New York City Ballet dancers, like soloist Ashley Laracey. “I left my first workshop here feeling that I had to be part of these children’s lives,” she said.
Iris Mehler told Stahl, “You see the two extremes: the people with the most profound control over their movements, the New York City Ballet dancers coming here to teach our children that has zero control, sometimes, over the muscles of their body. There’s something really touching about that. It’s really touching. I’m grateful.”

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102 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | There is a Ballerina In All of Us

    • Ametia says:

      LMBAO😂😂😂 my grandson lives Leggos! I’d love to think my grandson assembled the handcuffs & attaches them to 45!

    • majiir says:

      I cannot stand Bernie Sanders because he disparages the Democratic Party’s core constituency of which I am a member [black females] and prefers to talk about appealing to WWC voters he knows would never or hardly ever vote for anyone with a [D] beside his/her name. If he wants to run for POTUS in 2020, he should build his own political infrastructure instead of trying to use the Democratic Party’s system. I will never stop blaming him for helping to elect DJT. He deliberately riled up a significant number of Americans, many of them Democrats, and turned them against the party. He needs to sit his @ss down somewhere and STFU. I didn’t vote for him in the GA Dem Primary in 2016, and I won’t vote for him in 2020, either, and I can honestly say that I don’t know anyone among my friends who would.

  1. Ametia says:
  2. Ametia says:

    Anthony remind ya’ll of anyone?

  3. eliihass says:

    I’m all for ‘diversity’ in industry ..including the media.. But if AP’s Darlene Superville is who black folks get as the black pick for ‘diversity in the media’, I say, no thanks..

    • Ametia says:

      Agree, they find and place the willing blacks who will compromise their self-worth & integrity for a chance in the spotlight.

      They might start out thinking they can make a difference and be their true authentic selves, but that comes with a heavy price tag.

      • eliihass says:

        Darlene Superville is an embarrassment..

        She’s who the imported vapid Birther moll turned 3rd wife and her thirsty Arizonan Alt-Right ‘spokeswoman’ have bought with beat sweeteners, pushing endlessly ridiculous tripe – in exchange for ‘being in the loop’, nominal ‘access’, ‘exclusives’ such as being allowed the ‘provilege’ to be the first to tweet that the vapid Birther moll was headed to Africa for a ‘goodwil photo-op’ featuring little African kids as disposable props..

        Darlene was also one of the handpicked favored ones (the ones who’ve been ‘good’ to the treasonous buffoon and Birther 3rd wife), who still got an invite to ‘a party’ once the traditional WH press corps (aka enemies of the state) one was canceled.. Darlene also got to go on the 3hour photo-op ‘war zone’ junket .. And like the good massa’s girl she is, with a straight face, regaled the MSNBC tv audience (and her treasonous massas surely watching her performance), with frilly half-tales of men and women in uniform excited to see the treasonous buffoon and Birther 3rd wife..

        Here’s one of her grand masterpieces (notice also the mentions of her fellow dimestore self-loathing black massa-suck-ups) .. the Pulitzer folks just may come a-calling..

        “…WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump’s cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season.

        Mrs. Trump’s decision to place more than 40 red trees on a green carpet along the East Wing colonnade turned out to be quite the attraction: Pedestrian traffic jams formed as guests clamored to be photographed in front of the unusual holiday landscape .

        “Every single person that came through the East Wing stopped for a photo,” said conservative commentator Paris Dennard, a recent guest.

        Armstrong Williams, another conservative commentator, tweeted photos of himself posing in front of the trees made using fake berry branches.

        “I thought it was just classy,” he said. “Great for photos.”

        Trump and the first lady on Wednesday hosted the final two parties of the season, where guests feasted on lamb chops, shrimp and potato latkes along with a dessert bar that included lemon tart, coconut cake and Christmas cookies. Champagne and egg nog flowed freely.

        Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump national security aide, called the atmosphere a “true celebration of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and our oldest traditions.”

        Other notable guests included “Six Million Dollar Man” Lee Majors, Trump supporters Diamond and Silk, and professional soccer player Wayne Rooney.

        Largely absent from the festivities this year was the traditional opportunity for guests to have a picture taken with Trump and his wife, a time-consuming process that requires the president and first lady to stand for hours, grinning, posing and making small talk with hundreds of guests, some of whom they hardly know.

        Except for a pair of Hanukkah receptions in the East Room, many of the holiday gatherings took place in the Grand Foyer, the open area on the State Floor across from the Blue Room.

        The parties had a certain rhythm: A tuxedo-clad Trump and the first lady, who has worn a variety of white, black and green gowns, descended the red-carpeted staircase hand-in-hand from their second-floor residence. Trump made roughly 10 minutes of welcoming remarks before inviting his wife to speak. They then mingled and posed for some informal photos before going back upstairs.

        Williams said he saw “warmth” between the couple.

        “You watch that body language. She was really happy. And she was really happy to be with him,” Williams said, adding that the president’s remarks were “upbeat.”..”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Front page Israel Hayom Thursday morning: Netanyahu’s Likud party threatens Attorney General if he indicts Bibi; Bibi announces he will not resign if indicted (as if we didn’t know already). And as Tomer Persico says, this is a mafia, and we’re just getting started.— Mairav Zonszein מרב זונשיין (@MairavZ) December 27, 2018

  5. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : December 27, 2018

    Enervate: verb EN-er-vayt

    1 : to reduce the mental or moral vigor of

    2 : to lessen the vitality or strength of

    • eliihass says:

      What is what a dumb, immoral, con man cum Russia Asset and treasonous buffoon and his cohort of greedy, enabling, puppeteering, complicit 3rd rate traitors, criminals and co-conspirators are doing to America unobstructed and without any consequences… for $130,000..?

    • Ametia says:

      TRUTH! Black folks didn’t fall off the turnip truck last night.

      In the past, I don’t care how poor this white woman was, in the South she still felt like she was more than us. In the North, I don’t care how poor or how rich this white woman has been, she still felt like she was more than us. But coming to the realization of the thing, her freedom is shackled in chains to mine, and she realizes for the first time that she is not free until I am free. The point about it, the male influence in this country—you know the white male, he didn’t go and brainwash the black man and the black woman, he brainwashed his wife too. . . .He made her think that she was a angel. You know the reason I can say it, folks,I been watching. And there’s a lot of people been watching. That’s why it’s such a shock wherever we go throughout this country, it’s a great blow. White Americans today don’t know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that’s where they made their mistake. If they had put us in front, they wouldn’t have let us look back. But they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made. . .

      .White Americans today don’t know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that’s where they made their mistake. If they had put us in front, they wouldn’t have let us look back. But they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made. . . .

      • eliihass says:

        “…he didn’t go and brainwash the black man and the black woman..”

        No, he just picked out the flimsiest, greediest, silliest, thirstiest, most self-loathing, most hollow, most inferior, and the weakest minded black and brown folks, like Paris Dennard, Candace whatshername, Larry Elder, Dinesh Souza, paid them a buck and a compliment, never ever bringing them close or into the main house, simply sent them out to buck-dance on behalf of and for Massa’s empty ‘high-value’ approval and validation.. and for a one-time patronizing pat on the back.. from Massa or his delegated back-patter..

      • eliihass says:

        Designated* back-patter..

  6. rikyrah says:

    About Dolt45:

    After his financial disasters two decades ago, no U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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