Circle of Friends yahoo group when I joined the group last month. I started dance classes (ballet, modern) when I was 7 years old and continued taking classes into my 40's. My teacher for most of those years was Truda Kaschmann, shown on the ATC below.
Alwin Nickolais teacher as well, shown below in a 1939 dance he performed with Truda in Hartford, CT. Click on any ATC for more detail.
|Alvin Ailey - bottom, Alwin Nickolais, top|
|I made extra ATCs and encouraged my mom to chose one tonight -|
This is the ATC she picked because she said it was so beautiful, with the Alvin Ailey dancers. The words on white paper are Truda's.
|This is Truda (top) and my mom, bottom left.|
|The writing is from a paper done about Truda by Margret Dillon. The words about the beginning of one of Truda's classes are so true, I can feel myself right there.|
|The back of all of the ATCs is a variation of this - with a quote from Pilobolus dancer Annika Sheaff.|
This quote, which I only found recently by reading the Pilobolus dance blog really means a lot to me. I think that like dancers, artists can tell a million stories with their art and there are no wrong interpretations. I do not usually get so philosophical, but taking this theme to heart and working from my personal experience as I like to do, brought up a lot of feelings today. You could say I am a very emotional artist, and be correct! But that is what I like to do with my art; express myself and my feelings. It helps me to navigate this life and I am so grateful for those of you who have been enjoying my expression! xo lenna young andrews April 27, 2010