Our Mermaid inspires Shenmei, 15, to follow her dancing dreams…

29 Mar

Our tour sponsor Jellinbah organised for a group of children involved with the Half the Sky Foundation, a charity that offers care and support for orphaned children in China, to attend The Little Mermaid performance at the Hefei Grand Theatre on 21 March. We received some gorgeous feedback from Shenmei, 15, which we simply had to share with you…

Impression of the Ballet, The Little Mermaid from Shenmei, 15

At 6:30pm, March 21, we left the institution for the Little Mermaid at Hefei Grand Theatre. The performance was fantastic, and i was so impressed that i told my teacher:” they are so gorgeous and i want to perform like them.” The ballet tells of a story of little mermaid, a beauty familiar to everyone. I lost myself in their perfect movements and their graceful sky-blue skirts.

The performance reminded me of the little mermaid story I had read from a book. It was the first time I had watched a story in the form of dance, and I was inspired to act out stories like them. These foreign actors, like swimming mermaids in the sea, made me believe that only persevering daily practices can make this masterpiece possible. I felt shame that I had failed to take each dancing class for fear of tiredness and boredom. Now that I saw their awe-inspiring work, I am determined to go all out for my dream that one day I can, like them, stage such a performance.

Back home, I still couldn’t get it out of my mind. If only I can watch it once more.

Outside the Hefei Grand Theatre

Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China. They establish and operate infant nurture and preschool programs, provide personalized learning for older children and offer loving permanent family care, medical care and guidance for children with disabilities.  It is our goal to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in their life and a chance at a bright future.

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One Response to “Our Mermaid inspires Shenmei, 15, to follow her dancing dreams…”

  1. Naomi Klahn March 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Good luck with your future as a ballerina.

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