I think I can speak for everyone in my group when I say:
before you girls got here, we were so nervous. How would this
all work? Will you like us? What do we do with you?? …
And then you walked into our classroom on that first day
– energetic, smiling, and ready for some chicken – and we felt
something different. Still nervous, of course, and a little shy,
but we also felt comfort. We felt comfort in the space we were
all about to create together.
Over our six incredible weeks that space we created
became magical. That space filled with dance parties and
laughter. That space filled with difficult questions and
discussion. That space filled with the powerful, smart voices of
young women making themselves heard.
Every week, after we frantically planned and organized
and stressed ourselves out over everything, you would walk
into our classroom – our space – and we could breathe a little
better, and feel that comfort.
I want to thank you for that, and for everything.
Asia – thank you for your art, and for stepping out of your
comfort zone and showing me one of the best “whips” I’ve ever
Stephanie – thank you for your humor, your energy, and
your love of lemons.
Amirrah – aka “Michelle Jackson” thank you for your
positivity and for being your vibrant, fabulous self every week.
Brie – thank you for your fearlessness, your conversation
and your flawless selfies.
Katherine – thank you for your laughter, your sass, and
your mad sneaker game.
Kim – thank you for your sweetness, for teaching Ellie
how to dance, and for laughing at my jokes.
Dianna – thank you for your wisdom and killer dance
Kenzie – thank you for your smiles, and for talking to me
on our very first day.
Nathalya – thank you for your brilliance, your giggles, and
for always speaking your mind.
Glenda – thank you for your willingness to show everyone
your star power, even when you didn’t feel like it, your
thoughtfulness, and for teaching me how to do some of those
cool musical.ly dance moves.
We are going to miss you all so much, but hopefully you’ll
come back next year and – those of us who are still here – can
experience this girlhood magic all over again!
I know I said that the overwhelming question we had at
the beginning was “What are we going to do with you?” but
now, as you leave us one last time, I think the overwhelming
question is “What are we going to do without you?”
Group 1, we love you!