Coming home to my new family

Coming Home To My New Family

Posted 26 July 2016 12:00 AM by Aysha Upchurch

This has been a sweet sort of homecoming. Last year, I fell in love with the program and felt so grateful to be part of the City Spotlights family and journey. I like to yield myself to new experiences and dare to learn as much as I teach. That was the gift and gem of this summer program and I was hoping to return to be part of the Dance Specialty experience this year. Life intervenes and plans change, so when that no longer looked like a reality I became sad that I would not get to get fed by the City Spotlights crew. Then one day I got an email from Kelly asking if I’d consider a possibility for a limited engagement.

Cut to me grinning ear to ear and immediately saying “Yes!” Now you can imagine my delight and gratitude to be invited to teach an extra dance elective as part of a new structure on Fridays. Walking into Shubert on my first Friday was like a much needed breath of fresh air and a giant hug from old friends. I have been embraced by all the Teen Leaders - veterans and newbies - and we have had so much fun diving into Afro jazz and co-creating a timely piece about racial injustice and police brutality. I am so happy to sweat it out with this awesome crew of mostly non-dancers where everyone shows up, supports each other and tries something new. I feel at home moving and dancing with young people and excited to be involved in this year’s program.

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