Six-year-old Emma Khoury is a dancer. She recently performed with her class at the Madison Area YMCA’s School of Performing Arts Year-End performance, “When I Grow Up” that took place at The College of St. Elizabeth’s Annunciation Center.
The first grader, who began her journey with dance at the Madison Area YMCA, auditioned and was accepted this spring to The School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center, which is a classical ballet school and is the associate ballet school of the New York City Ballet. The Harding resident was one of about 100 children who was selected from thousands of children who auditioned in the 6-10 years of age category, the youngest age group that the school accepts.
“We look at this as such a gift and an accomplishment that she got this far,” says Emma’s mother, Rebecca. “She didn’t even know she was auditioning. We didn’t want to teach her about being competitive. We told her she would go in and show others how beautiful she could move,” says Rebecca, explaining that movement and body awareness is an important aspect at this age. “She went in and danced her little heart out.”
Rebecca explains that her daughter has a natural ability for ballet since she can point her foot almost to the ground which is special and rare. She also explains the remarkable circumstances in which Emma lives and dances. Emma is 80% deaf in her right ear and 40% deaf in the other. Seven months ago, she received her first set of hearing aids. They’re a bubble gum shade of pink.
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