Children of the Arts (a child's story)
Children Love the Arts
After School Arts
After School Dance Troupe
Katrin’s bus driver looked back at her and smiled, “Nice t-shirt did you make it?”
Katrin was ten years old and wore her blonde hair in a ponytail and shook her head yes, it was a lonely ride home on the bus since most of the other kids stayed after school for sports.
“Yes Mr. Doogle I painted the ‘I Love New York’ on with white fabric paint and outlined it in red so it matches the apple I drew.”
“Nicely done Katrin, you are a fashion setter here at school.”
She got all embarrassed and blushed, and smoothed her shirt down with her hand not feeling so alone on the bus.
Katrin’s small town school was very sports oriented but she wasn’t, so after school activities were few and far between. The weekend finally came around and she went shopping with her mother, dressed in a colorful tie dyed shirt she made herself and jeans, and when they got to the grocery store there was a sign up announcing a small dance and theater group forming for the kids.
Katrin’s mother read the ad and looked at her free spirited daughter and smiled.
“Let’s take this phone number and call them tonight.”
The theater group was glad to hear from Katrin, since their own daughter was in her class and told them how creative she was.
Katrin couldn’t believe it when she walked into the town activity building and seen it decorated with a stage, and sound system. The kids were wearing Theater Hero t-shirts in black and white, each one auditioning in what they excelled in. Seth; a boy in the class behind her was dancing on stage with moves that could equal Michael Jackson’s and had a smile she would never forget when he motioned her up to the stage to join him.
They played the song ‘Thriller’ and Katrin and Seth performed a free form dance looking quite like animated skeletons in their moves.
Katrin was no longer the kid alone on the school bus while the others enjoyed sports after school, but was dropped off every Monday night for her own contribution to the art of dancing. Her enthusiasm for the arts never died, and even until today she teaches modern dance.
Written by B. A. Williams