Once up on a time there was a
little girl and she loved to dance but had no shoes. Well that is until one
special day in her life. You see Kelseann was a very shy little girl and
didn't like attention drawn to her, but little did she know life had
other plans for her. Kelseann was a very little girl, very tiny. She never
thought she would ever be big enough to dance. She loved dancing from
the time she was old enough to walk. She didn't walk, she just stood on her
toes and pranced around the room.
Everyone said that child will be a dancer. But you see Kelseann came from a
poor family and back then you had to be rich to go to a special school to
learn to be a ballerina. This didn't stop her from trying. When she heard
music she danced. Every morning when she woke up she began to exercise her
legs and her arms. Her Father fixed her a special bar to lean on like
the professionals had. It was made of wood but he sanded it down to a
smooth texture so as to not harm her hands. She dreamed and
dreamed of some day becoming a professional ballerina. She went to a regular
school but knew she had to go to Paris or Europe to get the training she
Then it happen, the school was
having a scholarship contest for the students and the prize was a
ticket to Paris. She was sixteen and knew she needed permission from
her parents but they had always backed her up in what her hearts desires
were. It had to be on a profession, and it had to be on why and how
and everything there was to know about what you wanted to do with your
She wasn't sure about this.
She knew it may seem selfish on her part but if she could just explain the
love she had for this and how the music helped people and how it was all a
story , every dance and every movement said something about life. She began
to work on it . Every day she would write a line or two and praying over
every line that it would touch the hearts of the judges.
There were rumors, there was
only three other people that were pulling for it and she knew two of them
were not competitors. Melissa was very beautiful and talented with words and
wanted to be a writer so this was right for her. Maybe she shouldn't even
compete. Yes she thought, I can't pass up this opportunity to be what I have
always wanted to be. Still every day she practiced her dancing and was in
plays and programs that included music and dancing. She had become well
known by now as the girl with the dream.
Then it was the day, the
judges were reading the essays and were taking their time about it. It was
heart breaking, they had picked Melissa because she had wanted to be a
teacher and teach others to write and they thought this was very good.
Kelseann's words were very simple but they were for her, her dream. If
anything happen to Melissa and she couldn't go then it would go to Kelseyann.
Well I know it doesn't seem right but Kelseyann prayed anyway for a way to
get to go.
When the judges told her and
Melissa the results, her heart fell, but all of a sudden Melissa stood up
and said. Sir I have a special request. I want Kelseann to go
instead of me. She has had this dream all her life and I'd rather it be her.
Kelseann cried and hugged her so hard. The Judges said that would be fine.
Now she had to get money together, she had her ticket and she got her choice
of where she wanted to go to pursue her career choice, which was of
course to "The Duchess" school of dancing.
Now she was at the airport and
her heart was so excited, her dreams had all come true. She was very
beautiful for sixteen and looked older except for the fact that she was very
slim, but it was muscle, her legs and arms were very solid and her eating
habits were also slim ,eating only what was right for her. She was not a
girl of the world and trusted everyone. This was a fault she didn't know
about. As she arrived at the airport in Paris she was met by a teacher
from the school and was driven to a room there to stay. She had three months
to study and then the Duchess would decide weather to sponsor her or not.
As she danced they stood
in awe at the graceful way she held her self and the movements. The Duchess
knew right away that this girl had potential. Little did Kelseyann
knew she was also being watched by another. In the dancing profession
there was competition, especially in Paris. She had borrowed shoes for the
competition and still did not have enough money for her own. The Duchess
showed her to her room. It was dark and gloomy but she knew some things had
to be. After all, they were furnishing everything for her. She
had led a protected life and did not even think someone would harm her in
The dinner bell sounded and
she opened her door to stumble on an object placed in her doorway. She
bruised her knee but no harm done. She could not understand where it had
come from. At the dinner table all introduced themselves to each other
and she seemed to be accepted even though she was an American. A few
other girls had won the scholarship also from their school. After
dinner she went back to her room to find a note telling her to go home she
didn't belong here. This broke her heart. what had she done, who had
she hurt in coming here?
The next day she looked around
but could not tell any difference in any one there. The Duchess hardly spoke
to her. When she did it was just to give orders or give her hard
things to do, her
room had no heat and one little bulb in a very small lamp. She was
cold and indifferent towards her. From then on she was very careful
not to let herself be caught off guard. She worked hard everyday and
just ignored the notes and small things happening to her. Not bad
things but things that could kill her spirit or hurt her dancing if she
Then it came, the day for The
Duchess to make a choice. Some of the girls that had won the
scholarships had left, saying they couldn't make it or the hours of training
were too rough. The Duchess picked out the best ones and Kelseann was
one of the girls chosen to do the play. Some had backed out and left, but
not Kelseann. This was her dream, she still didn't have shoes of her
own or know where the money was coming from to further her career but knew
something good had to happen. For the final night the girls were going
to put on a show for the very rich and elite of Paris. Everyone was a
bundle of nerves but Kelseann's heart was broken. She would have to wear the
old shoes she had borrowed. She didn't think she could go on.
Right before the performance
there was a knock upon her door. She opened it and there was a huge box.
She opened it and inside was the most beautiful out fit trimmed with gold
lace and ties of gold in the back and sprinkles of silver in the skirt, and
gold slippers with stings of gold. She didn't understand, enclosed was a
note. I have done all I know to do to discourage you and you have
fought the battle. You have proven you want this with all your heart,
all the training, all the hours, all the abuse and you have stayed.
This is your reward. Now go and do and give it all you've got. There
is someone watching and I know he will see you above everyone else.
You are the greatest in what you have set out to do. With this honor
comes many years of hard work, but I have watched you and know you have it
© Harriett Dash 2001