Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hailey's Solo

Kemper Dance Academy has A LOT of talent. Some of these kids just amaze me with their dedication, perseverance and love of their craft. Many of these older kids are at dance 5 nights a week, practicing, stretching, learning and working hard to become better dancers. 

Meet Hailey... she is my friend Carmen's daughter and big sister to Jaemen who happens to have Down syndrome. This year for her solo, Hailey wanted to do something special to honor her brother... I think she achieved that. This is one of the most beautiful lyrical dances I have ever seen... makes me cry every time. I bet you will, too. 

Thank you Hailey for being an awesome big sister, an amazing Down syndrome advocate and a beautiful dancer!!


CJ said...

Oh my. Stunning! What talent!!

Anne B. said...

absolutely beautiful!!! music, dancing, and Hailey herself...all beautiful!!!

Leah S. said... tears at my kitchen table. Hailey, you did an amazing job. I think I can say a lot of people in the DS community are very proud of you.

Notsopc said...

That was BEAUTIFUL!!!!! How old is she??

Joy said...

Oh how beautiful!!

Jenn said...

This actually came up as a recommendation after I watched Kennedy's solo.

I have to say, watching Kennedy dance made me smile and gave me that warm fuzzy feeling and was absolutely wonderful. I love how her spunk AND her joy come shining through in what she does.

And watching Hailey dance gave me goosebumps. What a beautiful, moving tribute. She and her brother are blessed to have one another.

As for Kennedy's moves - I've said it before and I'm certain I'll say it again: that girl dances a million times better than I EVER could.

Lynn said...

Lifting up prayers!
Psalms 145:14-18 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
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~just me~ said...

Just....WOW! What a stunningly beautiful dance. Hailey is absolutely beautiful outside, but this shows how absolutely beautiful inside she is also....a tribute to her parents and their parenting, I'm sure :-). She dances so amazing...maybe one day we'll see her on So You Think You Can Dance (my favorite show). Thank you for sharing!

Sunnie said...

Wow!! Made me cry!!
Thanks for sharing---beautiful dance and even more beautiful child!!!!
Sunnie in NC

Lynn said...

Know that I'm here praying!
John 11:25-26: Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
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Amy, queen of the world. said...

What a beautiful dance and a beautiful big sister. I bet they have some super proud parents! :)