Benjamin Levine’s Summer Service

This summer I helped out at my 8-year-old sister’s ballet camp. Since I go to the ballet school during the school year, the teacher knows me and trusts me with teaching anybody who needed help. Some kids I had to help with their choreography. One wanted to be a swan playing tag, but she didn’t know what to do. I helped her create moves. Another said that his mom had told him to bow while bending his knees (which is a curtesy). I had to convince him that he shouldn’t do that. The boy also insisted that he was always right, and he became violent at times. It was definitely a learning and character building experience to make him stop. Although I eventually succeeded, I now sympathize with teachers a lot more.

It was extremely gratifying to be able to see that I had made a difference. I’ve always liked little kids because they are so cute, and it was very fun to to teach them. I was also assigned a group to watch during field trips. My two kids decided that we were the “strawberry pineapple chocolate whipped-creams” and declared me as their leader. They would ask to hold my hands and we would make up the best desserts possible with our 4 foods. To see that I had done something that made others so happy made me happy. It was an extremely fun and interesting experience.

One thought on “Benjamin Levine’s Summer Service

  1. Benjamin,
    It was great to read about your experience this summer. It must be so gratifying to see young children begin to get the ballet bug. I am also glad to hear that you overcame the challenges that you faced.

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