We watched her teaching a class and then we were treated to a nice rehearsal starring 4 students. This blog post will feature photos of two of the four.
Together they were magic
Such talent and energy in extreme heat! I left money there for them to buy two ceiling fans, which should be of some help! More photos to follow in next blog post, building to one featuring our outdoor photo shoot on the 17th with the ballerinas in the tutus that Anne and Lynette Sullivan made and transported to Havana.
Feel free to donate as little as you want! All will be appreciated! We can purchase a pair of ballet slippers for as little as $20! We have boots on the ground in Havana thanks to Cicely Sanchez of Altruvistas, who can facilitate the deliveries.
I just paid a quick visit to our busy sweat shop, where my two highly-paid (pre $15 minimum wage) workers, Anne and Lynette, were hard at work making ballet skirts for our photo shoot at ProDanza Ballet Academy in two weeks. They are sisters-in-law, good friends and they had me in stitches (really!) with their lively badinage. Obviously, they have known each other for many years and are very good at teasing each other in a gentle way. Two sizes are being made, both adjustable. The blue will be for the older girls, and the pink for the little ones.
We are also experimenting with long scarves for the kids to throw in the air during the photo session. The tulle seems a bit too light in weight. Lynette attached a small pair of scissors to the end of one, and then, for some reason it was too heavy, not to mention a little too dangerous. Back to the drawing board on that one! Suggestions for a material in the comments would be most appreciated!
The photo is of the ladies showing some of their handiwork! Lynette is on the left, and just arrived from New Zealand two days ago. Where is her jet lag? I saw no sign of it. They are going to be fun traveling companions!
Anne and Lynette are praying that there will be some donations as a result of your seeing their incredible dedication to the project! PayPal is very secure!
Anne Sullivan, native New Zealander and American citizen for the last two years, has kindly agreed to make ballet skirts for us to take to Havana to use for a photo op with the ballet students there. Being the good sport that she is, I was able to coax her out to her backyard to do some posing for me so that you can see what we will be taking. The skirt that she models will be what we use for the older female students, and she is making pink skirts for the little girls. A lot of work is going into this, but it will be worth it when we get to see the girls posing with the antique American cars that are all over Havana!
Chickpea, my little rescue Havanese from Kuwait, enjoyed watching the antics, and posed with Anne on her steps. He enjoyed having a tulle scarf around his neck (see the smile).
Anne demonstrates how a car makes a great barre! In Havana we will be using a pink 59 Chevy Convertible or something similar!
Wouldn’t this car look terrific surrounded with ballet students?
Feel free to donate as little as you want! All will be appreciated! We can purchase a pair of ballet slippers for as little as $20!