Ballet smiles

“Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.”IMG_2009 (1)
Sometimes one beautiful moment, even just a second, can last (and be cherished) forever in a child’s mind…
On May 16, 2015, The XA Project sponsored 4 families from Children’s National Medical Center to attend the Washington Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was a beautiful and wonderful moment, not only the families, but for those of us who had the honor of witnessing this event with them. The grandeur of the Kennedy Center set the stage for an amazing moment. The performance was absolutely magical: so many beautiful sets (one complete with a flying bicycle), spectacularly colorful costumes, and exquisite artistry from graceful and world-class dancers. The ballet had giant butterflies and dragons come to life, as well as Alice and doors (that were all the colors of the rainbow) shrink and grow. And the baby flamingos and piglets produced a collective “Awwww…” from the entire audience. At the end of the ballet, one of the kids who attended was first on her feet to start the standing ovation!
As Xavier LOVED dance and ballet most of all, this event held special significance. When Xavier danced, joy and wonder filled the minds of all who watched, as if saying “wow…that is simply amazing”! The expressions of wonder and joy beaming from the kids and families who attended TWB Alice in Wonderland ballet seem to express that same sentiment. Yet, the smiles also seem to express the pleasure of being transported to an imaginative world apart from the current medical situations they currently face, even for a brief moment.
Some of the families wrote us after the concert (we post these messages and pictures with their permissions):
“Thank you so much for the tickets to Alice in Wonderland Ballet.  It was wonderful, [C] and I loved the dances, the colors everything about the dances.  Thanks you and the XA Project and the Kennedy Center’s DC  School and Community Initiatives’ Program for making this event  available to [C] and I.”
“It was a pleasure meeting you at the ballet last Saturday.  Thank you so much for blessing us with the tickets… As evidenced in the pictures, [K] had a wonderful (as did my mother and I).  [K] has been bugging me for months to attend the ballet and financially I just couldn’t do it. She has been talking about it non-stop and practicing her ballet moves 🙂 Again, thank you very much and God Bless!”
The XA Project wishes to thank Children’s National Medical Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Washington Ballet for partnering with us to create this moment of joy for these kids and families. The Arts really do Touch Hearts!