By Allie Kudej, Ballet in Cleveland Intern
Dance is a passion shared through self expression and movement of the body. I have always loved that there are different outlets to expressing passion for dance outside the stage. Emma Debski has shown that you can truly express passion for dance outside of being a dancer.
The thirteen year old started Bows 4 Ballet last October, in which she makes and sells handmade bows and bun flowers. What started as liking to make crafts and wanting to have Bows 4 Ballet as a cause, Emma learned on YouTube how to make the bows. She then donates all profits for scholarships so students in need can attend Ballet in Cleveland master classes. To date, she has graciously donated $565.00 towards scholarships!
When asked how she got into contact with Ballet in Cleveland, Emma explained how last summer she and her mother found out about the master class with Zippora Karz. After taking the class, Emma then came up with the idea to take the money from Bows 4 Ballet and relate it to dance by donating the profits to Ballet in Cleveland.
I personally love a master class, as it can help a dancer of any age learn new perspectives, movement, and grow. Emma makes it possible for girls and boys to attend a master class, even if they cannot afford it. Each bow takes her about eight minutes to make, as she makes them by herself, and sells them for $3.00. The bows come in all colors and look like bow ties, made by folding the fabric twice, folding the two ends in together, then pushing the middle together and securing with glue to finish. Emma describes the bun flowers as “flowers along a colored ribbon to put on a ballet bun.” They provide a cute and fun accent to a dancer’s ballet bun.
Emma has been dancing for five years, with Ballet being her favorite type of dance. She also takes classes in lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. Dancing every day at Turning Pointe School of Dance, typically with one to two classes a night and 9-5 on Saturdays, she finds time to make the bows and bun flowers before dance class. She balances school-work on top of dancing and Bows 4 Ballet by doing homework during study halls. Although sharing her passion for dance by creating these bows for dancers, along with helping students attend master classes, Emma would love to work towards becoming a professional ballerina and then teach one day. Ballet in Cleveland truly appreciates all of Emma’s hard work and generosity providing these scholarships that give dancers the chance to learn and be inspired!
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