Outstretched Arms

An older female dancer kneels to speak to a young girl.
Lauren shares her love of dance with young admirers.


 ‘Tis the season of dancers. Uncle Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairies, Clara and The Nutcracker himself are found on many a stage throughout the month of December. But those who dance (especially those who dance all year-long) know that dancing is an athletic feat unlike other team” sports. Dance rehearsals can be equally as grueling as long soccer or lacrosse practices and, unlike athletic competitions that are generally played within a few hours, dance recitals can consume a participant’s entire weekend.  The hard work and effort put forth by our dancing Saints is the same as that exerted by our traditional athletes and the same end goal is shared: a sense of successful accomplishment.

One STA senior has been dancing her way in and through people’s hearts for a very long time. A protégé of Rochester’s Studio 109, Lauren Scheffer has bloomed into more than just a beautiful dancer. While she has won countless awards and trophies, it is her intuitive and gentle approach with young ones that makes her stand out from the crowd. For many years, Lauren has dedicated her time and talent to coaching younger dancers and helping them develop self-confidence.  It is her outstretched arms (both literally and figuratively) that have made a difference in the hearts of many.

Last weekend, Studio 109 offered a holiday performance at the Rochester American Legion Post 7.  After the performance, Lauren and the other dancers remained behind to offer a few very special dance lessons to their youngest admirers.  Shinier than any trophy or medal, the sparkle in a young girl’s eye as she gazes at her role model is magical.  Lauren has captured many such a gleam throughout her 17 years and, as she pirouettes her way toward college next fall, we know she will be a lovely mentor to young children- always.