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The brick-red door located at 49 Corey St, West Roxbury MA, is a sight that is ingrained into my memory. This is the door that my mom opened for me when I was just too short to reach the handle, the door that I greeted multiple times a week for 14 years of my life and the door that saw me approaching on both my best days and my worst days. This door however, is different from just any old door. This door is the entrance to the happiest place on Earth for me, my second home. Since the age of three, I have been able to walk through this door and forget about any problems existing outside.

I have always had a passion for dance of all kinds: ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and even irish-step dancing. Participating in multiple dance classes a week since a very young age has shaped me into not only the strong dancer, but the person that I am today. When I was 3 ½ years old, my mother dragged me into the West Roxbury School of Dance to sign me up for dance lessons, as I kicked and screamed the entire way over. However according to my mother, once I saw my dance teacher, Miss Emily, I immediately stopped crying and ran right into the room and began tapping away. Emily Kingsbury is the most talented, hard-working, inspiring and eccentric woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has been a tremendous role model for me my entire life. It is an incredible advantage to have such a strong woman who runs her own business to look up to, as many little girls do not have such a person to admire. She inspires me everyday to keep dancing and to continue pursuing my dreams.

As I became older, I began spending more and more time at the studio by volunteering as an assistant teacher in children’s classes. This was when I discovered my passion for working with children. I loved teaching them and watching them grow into their dancing abilities. Last year, Miss Emily asked me to work for her at the front desk of the dance studio. I was so happy to be able to have a job and spend more time at one of my favorite places on Earth. This job consists of sending out emails, handling confused parents on the phone, organizing mailing lists, cleaning the toilets etc. It may not seem like a very exciting job, but it made my junior year one of the best years of my life. I learned so much about the dance world, Microsoft Word, how to lock the big red door correctly because it’s sensitive, and most importantly, I learned so much about myself and who I want to be after high school. I have made so many friends who have become my second family, and I realized that it is indeed very possible to find a career in something that you are passionate about. I learned that I should begin prioritizing my own happiness and well-being, and to go after the things that I want.

Today I asked my dance teacher what I should write my college essay about. She immediately told me, “You have to write about something profound, something that changed your life and made you who you are”. As I thought about her words of advice, I came to realize that there is nothing else in my life that has impacted the person that I have become more than my dance studio. I have never felt more comfortable, safe and happy in any other setting. Behind that big, red door, I am able to just be me.

Bridget Dougherty, Senior 2019

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Thank you so much, Emily.  It was great to meet you the other night.  You are wonderful with your girls, I can tell already, and the other teachers were very sweet as well.  What a lovely environment you have created in your studio!  Alex can’t wait to start on Monday.

Thank you again, see you next week.

Karen Quimby

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Hi!

This is Olivia Tambascio! You may or may not remember me but I danced at WRSD for 10 years up until about 2014. I just wanted to say thank you for all that you did for me. I haven’t been dancing exclusively but the skills, athleticism, and determination that I learned in your classes has stuck with me throughout my high school career and will remain present for the rest of my life. I have been doing theater at Boston Latin School, utilizing my dance skills in musicals such as the iconic Cabaret and the infamous tap dancing in Spamalot. I’ll be studying Pre Med and Theater at Boston University and definitely would not be there without my foundational skills, so thank you.

Best,
Olivia

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Hi, Ms. Emily:
Thank you for an amazing year. Our daughter has really loved seeing you every week and talks about you all the time. The recital was definitely a first for us, I certainly cried way more than I expected. Pure joy and the pride I felt watching my lady on stage was beyond words. It was really impressive to see such talented young people do what they love. Mostly though, it was heartwarming to see how much love you have for your students. It’s always refreshing to see someone else in a profession that they feel so passionately about. It was clear to us, more than ever, that we picked the right studio for our little girl. She may not be the most coordinated of the bunch, but god does she love it! Thank you for making her feel like such a superstar. We’re so grateful for your work this year.

Sending wishes for a relaxing summer!
Jen and Jason Godin

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Ms. Emily,
The recital was truly amazing- it made me cry! It brought back so many happy memories of dancing with you. I am so happy that my daughter got to work with you this year. She absolutely loves you!
Thanks,
Erin Hannon-Foley

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Dear All,

I hope you all are doing well! I am emailing you to inform you that I have received the Quinn Martin Scholarship at Santa Clara University.

About the award: “Through the generosity of the late Mr. Quinn Martin, television producer, the Quinn Martin Scholarship was established to assist students seriously intent on a career in any of the Theatre Arts — acting, directing, script-writing, design, or production for stage, film, or television.”

I am honored to have been awarded this scholarship for film and theatre, which I believe will pay for about a year of college tuition.

I wanted to email you all to thank you for your unwavering support and help throughout the years. You have been positive mentors in my life. The high level of training I have received from you has been invaluable. I am so grateful for the professionalism and determination you have instilled in me.

I hope I will see you when I return from California on June 16 for two weeks.

All the best,
Susanna Calhoun

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