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S: To my favorite Ballerina

FC: A lifetime of dance

1: To Rachel | To: Rachel | Love, Alyson | Rachel, You truly are an amazing friend! I have never met anyone so unselfish and caring. Your friendship and advice has made my world a better place. No matter what the circumstance we always manage to make a story out of it. I can’t wait for the next shenanigan we manage to get ourselves caught in!

2: Dance is the hidden language of the soul. Martha Graham

3: In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength. Martha Graham

4: Fly me to the moon | Let me play among those stars...

5: R | C | L

6: Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. Faith Whittlesey

8: Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.

9: Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion.

11: Love is a lot like dancing; you just surrender to the music. Pierce Brosnon

12: In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength.. Martha Graham

13: To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. Agnes De Mille

16: NEWARK -- Even when Joan Garrett Wine was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a dance teacher. "When I was a kid, I directed all my friends in a dance recital," Wine said. "I always wanted to start a dance school." A few months after graduating from Ohio State University in 1950, Wine opened Garrett Dance Arts Studio in Newark. More than 60 years later, she still teaches young dancers the fundamentals of ballet, tap and jazz. "We are trying to teach the children the correct way of dancing so it becomes part of their lives," she said. A native of Frazeysburg, Wine grew up taking dance lessons in Zanesville and continued dancing in college. While she studied elementary education and child psychology, she also took dance classes and performed with student groups and the Columbus Civic Ballet. When she graduated, Wine was approached by a friend who had a dance studio in Newark. The woman was retiring and asked if Wine was interested in taking over the school.

17: Although she was young, Wine was confident the studio would be a success. "If you love something, it's what you were born to do," she said. At Garrett Dance Arts Studio, students can study tap, jazz, lyrical dance, ballet, acrobatics and tumbling. The dance school has two recitals every spring, and students perform at dance competitions throughout the year. Whether her students dream of being professional dancers or dance for fun, Wine works to make sure they all learn correct technique. "Good technique has to be taught right, otherwise it's hard to undo," she said. "It provides the beginning of a good dancer." Wine also tries to give her students confidence and teach them dedication. "Children need discipline, and they appreciate it," she said. "They don't realize it, but they do." A certified member of Dance Masters of America, Wine has taught dance classes around the country. She served as president of the dance teachers organization from 1982 to 1984 and still is an active member of the group. Some of her students have been inspired to follow in her footsteps and start their own dance schools. Others are now professional dancers. "That means a lot to me," Wine said. Even if students don't stick with dancing, Wine said she hopes they leave her school with good self-esteem and healthy habits. "We want to show how great dance can be for every student, no matter what the intent is," she said. Throughout the years, Wine's former students have brought their children to classes at Garrett Dance Arts Studio. At the school's most recent recitals June 2 and June 5, a group of 20 of Wine's former students performed in honor of the studio's 60th anniversary. The dancers ranged in age from 20 to 60.

18: Wine said she was touched by the performance. "They are not just students; they've become very close friends," she said. Donnelly Ditzhazy, 18, started taking classes at Garrett Dance Arts Studio in second grade when her family moved to Granville. She now is a student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. "Joan taught me discipline," Donnelly said. "She is a great teacher and always has her students best interests at heart." Donnelly's 15-year-old sister, Kennedy, still dances at Garrett Dance Arts Studio and considers the school her second home, said her mother, Sue Ditzhazy. "Licking County needs more role models for our children, and Joan is as good as it gets," she said. "She's really made a huge impact on this community." Cindy O'Flahrety, of Heath, got to know Wine when her granddaughters started dancing at her school. "Dancing is a first for her; she strives for quality," she said. Wine expects perfection from her students and each one of them is important to her, O'Flahrety said. "She looks beyond what their needs are in the studio," she said. "She cares about their personal lives." Wine said she is thankful to all the students and parents who have supported her school for the past 60 years. She said she plans to continue teaching as long as she can. "I still put on my dance shoes every day," she said.

19: Once a ballerina, always a ballerina . . .

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