Open Adult Program
School Photo Gallery
Ballerina Birthday Party
Spring Concert 2012
Ballet, being a nonverbal art, and the fact that class
time is limited, often does not allow teachers and staff
members sufficient opportunities to guide, lead, teach, and
mentor our students in a more complete way. We look forward
to sharing messages we feel are of value; and we look
forward to taking moments to reflect upon items shared under
“Inspiring Insights” in the future.
An Inspiring Insight from
Faculty Member, Theresa Crawford
You, the students of GAB are surrounded
by teachers, administrators, company members, board members,
volunteers, and fellow students who are passionate about
dance. This positive spirit was evident the first time I
walked into the GAB building. You are fortunate to have
support here and at home as you develop your craft. Your
teachers have trained you well and carefully, showing their
passion. You process corrections and take class with a
hunger and openness which demonstrates your level of
interest and commitment.
Latin verb patior meaning to suffer or to endure)
is an emotion applied to a very strong feeling about a
person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling
feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. The term is
also often applied to a lively or eager interest in or
admiration for a proposal, cause, activity, or love. Passion
can be expressed as a feeling of unusual excitement,
enthusiasm, or compelling emotion towards a subject, idea,
person, or object. A person is said to have a passion for
something when he has a strong positive affinity for it.
A love for something and a passion for something are often
used synonymously." - Wikipedia
Passion is an important attribute for a
dancer and for any successful person. As a performer, you
must be able to convey your emotions to the audience. The
process of training your body to the point where you can
relax enough on stage to let your emotions come to the
surface requires many years of intense training. I often
equate ballet training with that of programming a computer.
Once you have the muscle memory correctly stored, you are
free to let your personality and emotions take over. For
muscle memory to take place, you have to attend as many
classes as possible and apply yourself 100% in every class.
"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful
engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your
might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own
personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you
will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved
without enthusiasm." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I can't imagine a person becoming
successful who doesn't give this game of life everything
he's got." - Walter Cronkite
"Great dancers are not great because of
their technique; they are great because of their passion." -
You are truly blessed to have the support
of your family and the many passionate people at GAB. Stay
enthusiastic, apply yourself to the maximum, and be true to
An Inspiring Insight from Faculty Member, Lynne
CHOICE WILL YOU MAKE TODAY?
An Inspiring Insight from
Executive Director & School Director, Michele Ziemann-DeVos...
Problems and Challenges as Opportunities!
An Inspiring Insight from Artistic
Director, Gina Hyatt-Mazon...
difference between the ordinary and the