Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Sailors’ Snug Harbor, also known as Sailors Snug Harbor or Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden or, informally, Snug Harbor, is a collection of architecturally significant 19th-century buildings set in an 83-acre park along the the north shore of Staten Island in New York City. It was once a home for aged sailors. Some of the buildings and the grounds are used by arts organizations under the umbrella of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.
Emilie’s week of dancing with Broadway’s Tony Bradford and his summer intensive program in Staten Island, NY came to and end yesterday. She sure had a great time, and she wrote out and mailed thank you notes to all of you who supported her summer program by purchasing a print of Some Things I Know, the collage I did of her dancing when she was a wee little girl. below
A Great Big HUGE Thank YOU to those of you who purchased your extra deep gallery wrapped canvas giclée print to help fund Emilie’s summer dance intensive trip, we appreciate you!
On Monday (the first day of class) I think I was as excited as Emilie was(!) But I had to keep a low profile. Other Moms attempted to sneak photos of their kids, I know better…
Much to my Dancing Machine’s chagrin, I waited with her until Mr. Bradford arrived, so that I could introduce myself and be sure she was safe and sound. After all, that is still my job!
Spending time with My Dancing Machine
For the rest of the week, I was content in dropping off my Dancing Machine in the outside parking lot. I loved picking her up and hearing about what she learned every day. It was nice being able to spend so much time with her in the mornings at breakfast before, and in the evenings at dinner after her class. Even the 20-minute drive each direction was a good way to catch up. You know what they say about a captive audience…
Anyone who has teenagers knows, that at 17 any amount of time is good time. I am so happy to have had this week to spend with her. It was my summer intensive too, lots of time well spent with my daughter, experiencing her doing what she loves.
Save the Last Dance for Me
Emilie really wanted to be able to take a drop-in dance class at the famed Broadway Dance Center next to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, current home to Kinky Boots. I really wanted to make this happen for her, as I knew it was on her dance bucket list.
We hustled her into the City early Saturday morning, so that she could take two classes before her call time for the end-of-week performance with Tony’s group. Perfect!
Diversity is Key
This week the dancers focused on all different genres of dance. The end-of-week show included tap, contemporary, swing, musical theatre, to name a few. Diversity is the key if you want to work in this field. Tony gave the kids real world advice.
Sitting front and center, taking video of my Dancing Machine, I couldn’t have been more proud. I had two different parents come up to me after the show and tell me what a beautiful dancer she is. What a nice compliment! Tony’s assistant Michael took me aside and told me that Emilie was extremely dedicated, driven, and talented.
I always pass these compliments along to Emilie so that she knows that folks other than her Momma say such nice things about her beautiful dancing. “No offense Mom, but it means more when it comes from someone other than you. I mean you HAVE to say good things about me.”
And so another week of Dancing and Dreaming has come to an end. Onward and Upward! What a great week we had learning in and exploring this amazing New York City. We may just have to come back and do it all over again next year.
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