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Silver Medalist International Ballet Competition
Gold Medalist Japan Grand Prix
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Brooklyn Mack, Former Student
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Trained by Radenko Pavlovich
The angry flood waters emerging with the fluid arms of the villainous Gill’s Creek over the last weekend have largely receded now. The liquid appendages reached at first to grip the edges of the Pavlovich Ballet School Studios and then, emboldened by waves of water carrying a force of roughly 250 lbs. per square foot, completely buried the recently installed Harlequin Dance floor. And then there were the precious costumes with the value of hundreds of volunteered hours temporarily stored in a container on the lot in preparation for an upcoming performance— completely sullied with the creek’s debris.
Seyhun Jin recently arrived back at the studio from South Korea after weeks of resolving administrative visa complications. Like many other dancers, she kept her dance gear including hand crafted pointe shoes in the newly placed cubbies in the studio’s dancer room; completely ruined.
In fact dancers come from all over the world to Radenko Pavlovich to get the kind of individual attention and professional instruction that is the hallmark of the school. They come, in many cases with only a suitcase full of clothes and live together in nearby apartments. The creek, blind to their dedication and sacrifice, took something from all the students and almost everything from some of them.
How do you get up when a random event with nefarious results knocks you flat and poisons your hope? In Forest Acres, South Carolina, apparently you don’t have a choice. Caring neighbors, friends, business people, artists, and friends of the arts rise up like a real-world hall of justice and fly in to the rescue. Anita Ashley, a ballet director herself, opens her studios for the Pavlovich students and Columbia Classical Ballet members to rehearse for their first ballet of the season—just over a week away. Local ballet enthusiasts and arts supporters, provide seed money through a crowd funding site for the studio. The Harlequin Floor company brings in an emergency response team and begins work on replacing the amazing floor.
And of course the students are given a warm southern embrace as if their own mothers had travelled 11,200 miles to open the doors and welcome them to dry safety. A donor provides a new pair of pointe shoes and another presents a beautiful new leotard to a shy Japanese dancer.
Smiles emerge from the gloom of destruction, and as the sun resurrects and glances in the loaned studio windows after four days of the most intense rain in perhaps 200 years, it reflects off the resplendent, spinning, graceful and restored international troupe.
In days they will be returning the gifts of compassion as they passionately express their award winning ballet skills—usually only witnessed by audiences in larger cities: the force of dark flood waters turned back yet again by the over-match of human compassion.
Compassion floods Pavlovich Ballet School and Columbia Classical Ballet as waters recede
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