Courtney Seeno danced with PRB for 13 years, graduating in 2010. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania this past May with a degree in Early Childhood/Special Education and is currently a third grade teacher in Virginia. Courtney wrote this letter last fall. We felt compelled to share it on our blog!
First and foremost, I miss you all and I hope things are going well at PRB. Even though it’s been over 3 years since I’ve graduated, I still think about you rather often. I just felt the need to express some thoughts on my mind lately.
To my former teachers (all of you) –
I feel it is extremely important to tell people when you love them. And tell people when you appreciate all they’ve done for you. That is my exact reason for writing you. I want you to know that although it may have never shown, many of us dancers appreciate all you’ve done for us. Whether it be teaching us the proper way to prepare for the dreaded arabesque turn or the most polite of manners in and out of the studio. As I’ve moved on to a different part of my life, I feel it’s necessary to look back and appreciate who has shaped me into the person I am today.
Yeah, I have a lot more life to live. But it’s never too early to tell people that you love them and care about them. With that in mind, I hope you always know how much you each influenced me. I’m sure I’m not alone on this either. Sometimes it just takes time away from something to realize how amazing it was. I am so grateful to have had such caring, influential people help raise me.
I cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done and I encourage you all to continue to shape the lives of the kids passing through PRB. On another note, go kick some major [butt] with my favorite ballet – The Nutcracker I wish you the best and love you all!
As it’s been a few years since I’ve graduated, I’ve grown apart from the current PRB students. However, that doesn’t hold me back from having you share this with them…
To any and all current PRB dancers –
If you’re ever frustrated because of who know’s what (we all know the ridiculous amount of frustrations resulting from ballet), please do not be discouraged. Dance is the best way to express yourself. Although I’ve strayed away from the dance world, my heart will forever lie at PRB. It is a place that shaped me into who I am today. It is important to always make the best of things and not take it for granted. Soon enough, you’ll be off on your own as I am and wishing (and day dreaming) to be back in PRB studios. Some of you may know me and some may not but that is irrelevant. I hope each and every one of you become the best person you can be, and don’t be afraid to shoot the teachers a simple “thank you” every once and a while! I wish you all the best with this years Nutcracker and I look forward to seeing you soon!
To anyone who will listen –
Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been contemplating writing this email for years now and I’m glad to finally have shared it with you. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you soon
With all my love,