30A Ballet studio celebrates two years

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 09:21 AM.

Raymond even keeps in touch with her past ballet instructors and uses some of their techniques in her class like Abigail the ballet fairy, a fictitious fairy that lives in a pink birdhouse in the studio. Abigail watches over the students — young or old — to make sure they are behaving.

"Abigail came to me as a child from one of my ballet teachers, Mrs. Roberts, who is now in her 90s," Raymond said. "I called her up and asked for permission to use Abigail in my own classes."

With her young students, Raymond also instills the importance of good nutrition, making it a point to have fruit and veggie time during class.

Every year, Raymond looks forward to meeting her new students and watching her continuing students grow as dancers. In May, students get to showcase their hard work in an end-of-the-year recital.

"I love to see their progress and improvements — it's amazing," she said.

Raymond caught the dance bug at a young age. She originally took ballet lessons to accompany a childhood friend.

"She was pitifully shy and was afraid to go by herself," she recalled. "As it turns out Anne Marie lasted only a couple of months and I never stopped. Ballet got into my soul."

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