Capezio Athletes celebrate Mother's Day.
Capezio Athletes celebrate Mother's Day.

Dancers Celebrate Mother’s Day

  • May 17, 2016

For many of us, if there’s one person to be forever grateful for because she gave up her free time to drive you to dance class and was your number one fan supporting your passion, it’s Mum. Here, we hear from several Capezio Athletes and dance artists about why they love their mum, and a couple who are mothers themselves reflect on what they love about being a mum to their own budding dancer!

Why are you grateful for your mother?

Lauren Fadeley, principal with Pennsylvania Ballet, soon to be soloist with Miami City Ballet
“She is always there for me no matter what. My mum offers advice and support through the tough times and celebrates and praises the good. She consistently believes in me and my abilities, even when I’ve doubted myself, and for that I am forever grateful.”

Tiffany Hedman, dancer with English National Ballet
“My mum is the one person in the world who I can count on to be there for me through anything and everything. She gives meaning to my life. Everything I do, I try to do to the best of my ability to show her respect, for sacrificing nearly everything for me to be where I am today.”

Kayla Mak, dancer
“She is my number one fan, and she is always supporting me. She always pushes me to become a better dancer and person every day. My mother puts in a lot of time for me and my dance career.”

Adrienne Canterna, dancer/choreographer/director
“My mum is an angel. Her patience, work ethic, ambition, creativity, faith and love teach me every single day. I’m a grown woman, and I still need my mum as my compass. She is everything to me. And she is the best Grandma to my sweet Anami Halo.”

Tate McRae, dancer/singer/actress
“I am grateful for my mother because she supports and motivates me in everything I do. She is my biggest fan!”

Michele Wiles, artistic director of BalletNext
“I am grateful for my mother for a lot of reasons! Obviously, I would not be here if it weren’t for her. Her independent fighting spirit was definitely passed on to me. For this, I am truly grateful – these are major ingredients you need to get through life! My mother’s beauty, femininity and unwavering love were and continue to be a cornerstone in my career. But what I am most grateful for is my mother’s ability to let me be myself and find my own way.”

Cathie Nicholas, co-director of LA Tap Fest, and director of Rhythm N Shoes
“Everything!” Not only is she an amazing mother of three (I’m the baby), but she has become a woman I never knew before when she became a grandmother! She is the best Nana in the universe. My children’s education comes first with her. She assists with homework, projects and drives to tutoring, as well as finds all the amazing extracurricular activities for them to be involved in, and makes sure they are well-rounded human beings. But she’s been known to secretly pull them out of school early on Fridays and take a trip to Disneyland and once a weekend at LegoLand.”

In what ways has your mum supported your passion of dance and helped you pursue your career?

“She always told me the truth and asked me the question, ‘Is this what you really want to do?’, leading me to make my own decisions on how I felt about my career. I remember as a young dancer having my mum in the wings while I was dancing. This was one of the greatest comforts and supports because I was always a nervous performer. I am still to this day, believe it or not.”

“My mother moved me and my sister to San Francisco, which was four hours north of our home, to attend San Francisco Ballet School when I was 12. It’s one of the best schools in the world, which made it possible for me to make ballet be a career, not just a hobby. She put more than the amount of one college tuition into my studies, she worked all day every day, she drove hours and hours to get me to take me home on weekends, she gave up her dreams so I could have mine. My whole career I owe to my mum, and every time I step out on stage, I do it for my mum and for her mum (my grandma), who also sacrificed so very much.”

“My mother travels with me everywhere and sacrifices her weekends so that I can attend conventions and other dance-related events. She trains me and also schedules all of my extra workshops and classes.”

“My mother always stretches me before class, and she comes to all of my competitions and cheers for me. Whenever I must travel for dance, my mother is always by my side and supports me any way she can.”

“My mum always wanted to dance, but her parents wouldn’t let her, so when I expressed interest at a young age, she fully supported me. Most little girls want to dance, but once my parents saw that I was determined to make this a career path, they made every sacrifice possible for me to be able to follow my dreams. Be it driving every day in rush hour traffic to classes or allowing me to move away from home at 15, she always did what was best for me and my future, no matter how hard it was.”

What’s the best part about being a mother?

“Oh my gosh, everything! I think what I love most, though, is watching her grow. Seeing the sweet, adventurous, creative and confident little lady she’s becoming is out of this world. I believe the responsibility of being a mother is huge, but the rewards are incomparable. Being able to shape her life is the greatest gift.”

“It’s such a selfless job. None of us would be on this earth without our mother, and for that we should be eternally grateful. When my children were babies, I remember the sleepless nights with them and the many hospital trips from high fevers to broken bones. I would not change one second of my day for anything in the world. I love being a dancer, I love being a teacher, I love inspiring the world, I love being a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a wife. But my absolute favourite hat to wear is that of being a mom.”

How will you celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day?

“This year, we will be apart, but I will see her the following weekend and am really looking forward to spending time with her. My birthday is always right around Mother’s Day and every few years it falls on the same date, so it is always so wonderful to be able to celebrate each other together.”

“By making her proud, by doing the best I can at each moment, in that moment. I live in London right now, and she lives in Philadelphia, so of course we will call each other, as we do every day! Mother’s Day already happened in England, so now I get to celebrate it with her twice a year!”

“This Mother’s Day, my family and I will go out for dinner, and I will make her breakfast in bed. I will give my mother a massage and give her a manicure and a pedicure for all of the hard work she has put in for me and my family.”

“I will celebrate Mother’s Day by doing what we always do: talk. There’s nothing that my mom and I enjoy more than connecting. You can never really connect enough, especially as women.”

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