Women Connect and Dance Tells Their Story
It never fails. A conversation begins one way and the outcome is beyond what is ever expected. That is exactly what happened starting one day in my daughter’s dance studio.
Lisa Pellittiere, co-founder of Three Hearts Dance, was my daughter’s dance instructor. I think we had started following each other on Facebook or maybe she had mentioned THD before, but for some reason, I asked her to tell me a little more about it. She spoke of three young women with stories to tell. She expressed her faith in God and the way that faith had helped her make difficult decisions. She even admitted the false start that THD had previously and that this was their new beginning, a fresh start, the real deal.
That’s when it hit me. She sounded a lot like me. A lot like my story. And that story sounded a lot like the book I was in the middle of writing. So, I jumped at the chance to connect with this vibrant young woman and discover what we could do to help each other start realizing our dreams.
The next step was to ask THD to read my book, In So Many Words: A Medley of Life Changing Conversations, and perform at my launch party. They graciously accepted to do both. As a retired dancer and instructor, I thought there would be nothing better than to see my book’s concept expressed through movement, music, and the emotions of these beautiful women. The book was inspired by ten years of interaction with women who are 20-25 years my senior. How intriguing it was to imagine how these women, 20-25 years my junior, would interpret my words. This project felt complete and meaningful.
On the evening on November 4, 2016, friends and family gathered at my home in Ponte Vedra, FL for my book launch. Lisa arrived ready to perform her solo, Prologue, based on her interpretation of the introduction of my book. It was like the “before” photo. She danced in the open air under the palm trees and used gestures that spoke to me with love and grace. She wore green. The color of the Heart Chakra. How fitting.
Lexie supported her co-founder from the audience and then joined me as I toasted and thanked THD and others whose friendship, talents, and hard work had contributed greatly to my dream of publishing my very first book.
And to thank Lexie and Lisa a bit further, I donated half of the proceeds from my book sales that night to Three Hearts Dance. It wasn’t much, but as we all know, we don’t do this for money, do we? We do it because we love it. We do it because it makes us whole. And we do it on the off chance that we will connect with wonderful people, doing amazing things, in this colorful world of ours.