2014 Gaynor Minden Essay Scholarship Winner Inara Wheeler - "How Dancing Enhances Community - A Personal Story"

  Dancing is flying like a bird. It’s a way to let go of everything and just burst out and surround yourself with freedom. I discovered that when I was only two years old when I saw my first Nutcracker. Before me was a colony of shimmery snowflakes, swirling and leaping around the stage. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a ballerina. For me, dancing was getting three scoops of double chocolate chip ice cream in a rainbow sprinkle cone. It was delicious and fun, and I loved it! My first ballet class was magical. I loved life, school and dancing. As a very small child I dreamed I was going to become a professional dancer. My childhood was happy until I turned five. Sadly, at that time my daddy was diagnosed with stage-4 brain cancer. Since my dad’s medical bills were high, it was hard for my family to pay for my ballet classes and find time to get me to the studio everyday. At the Colorado Conservatory of Dance I was surrounded with such warmth that I felt like I was a part of a big loving family (I was blushing nonstop). To me, CCD isn’t just a ballet school, it’s a family that invites anyone who has...
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Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay Contest - Why it is important to put your thoughts into words

Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay Contest - Why it is important to put your thoughts into words
We have been promoting our Gaynor Minden Essay Contest this past month. Young dancers may wonder why putting your thoughts about dance and community into words is important.  Dance is a beautiful modality of expressing oneself by telling a story via movement. This may be a personal story or the story of another. Either way, the audience, the performers, the choreographers are all touched - but in their own personal perspective. Putting your thoughts and emotions into words is another beautiful modality of expression. Processing these thoughts and then articulating them helps you develop your own personal perspective. We would like to hear from you. Your perspective about how dance enhances your community will help others understand and think about this very important issue. The arts are important to every community - help share the emotion with your words. The deadline for essays has been extended to 8/21. Essays need to be a minimum of 500 words. Please send your perspective via an entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay Contest is NOW

  It's time for our Annual Gaynor Minden Scholarship Essay contest!    -Winner will be awarded 2 pairs of Gaynor Minden pointe shoes. -Winning essay and picture will be posted on the BBW Blog. -Winner will meet and have picture taken with Blake Latin, professional fitter from GM. -Essays on “how dance enhances our community” are due 8/15 and   need to be no less than 500 words. Essays will be judged on presentation as well as content. -Must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -Winning essay will be announced in conjunction with our Gaynor Minden fitting day on 8/23.   Let's get writing!    
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The Basics Sale

The Basics Sale
Basics never go out of style! Come in May 22-29th and get 25% off the core of your workout and yoga wear. All basic yoga pants, leggings, capris, shorts and bras will be on sale at this time. Your favorite brands and fabrics. Now you have no excuse for not going to class due to faded or see through basics!
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Holy moly! It's a leotard sale for everyone!

Wonder Woman and Super Girl wouldn't miss this! It's a sale that we have not had before. ALL leotards, dance or gymnastics, child or adult are 25% off April 11 thru the 14th. This includes all the great manfacturers that you have come to love - Mirella, So Danca, Gaynor Minden, Motionwear, Mondor and more. Fashion and basics for class, camp and intensives at a great discount. We may not have your superhero leotard but you'll feel like one with money to spare! 
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