2015 Liebster Award

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Hi everybody,

I know, I know……………long time, no blog.  I’ve been pretty busy for a twelve year old.  Last month I only found the time to write two blogs, and I have a lot to tell you.  I promise I’ll do better.  May was a busy and exciting month for me.  In my next blog post, I’ll tell you about the end of the school year and my first end-of-year dance recital at my “new” studio (which I guess isn’t new anymore), and a bunch of other things.  But first, I want to tell you about the Liebster Award.  This award was created to help “Discover New Blogs.” The Liebster Award is a way to give lesser known bloggers a boost and to help them gain readership.  I was nominated by a nice lady who writes a really cool blog called “Life in the Front Seat.” I am supposed to answer the following questions and post them to my blog.

  1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what is it about?
    “What Ainsley Likes” is the name of my blog. Obviously, my name is Ainsley and my blog is dedicated to all of the things I like.  I use it as a way to express myself, to talk about the things I do on a regular basis, to talk about the things that I am thinking and what I care about, and to explore and discover interesting things in life.
  1. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
    My blogging inspiration comes from all of the things in my life. I gather inspiration and ideas from school, dance, friends, family and everyday life.  I love clothes.  I love holidays.  I love to read.  And I really like reading the news on the Internet, so I try to discover something interesting about those things and post them to my blog.
  1. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself? 
    I love to dance.I love fashion.
    My mom calls me a clothes horse!
    I’m an awesome reader. I can read up to two books a week depending on what else I have going on.
    I love arts and crafts.
    I have a very close knit family.
    I have a dog named Ziggy.
    I started playing the clarinet this year. Still not sure if I like it yet.
    My favorite color is pink.
    I like to play Trivia Crack on my I-phone.
    I like to try new things at least once.
    I have a large doll collection, especially American Girl Dolls.
  1. What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?
    I danced in a professional ballet production for the first time, The Nutcracker. I had a small part, but it was very exciting to dance with professional ballet dancers.
  1. What is it you love most about blogging?
    Blogging gives me a way to express myself. I love to write.  And what better way than to write about everyday things.  I also have started getting into cooking (simple things, of course).  I craft too.  My blog gives me a way to share what I like to do.  I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet other people and make new friends from blogging.
  1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
    The first thing I would wish for is MORE WISHES!
    Then I would wish for world peace. I do not like to see people suffer.
    Of course, who wouldn’t want a million dollars? So, I’d wish for M – O – N – E – Y!!
  1. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
    I would like to visit France. According to Forbes Magazine, France has some of the most beautiful cities in the world.  They are also known for their awesome clothes, especially Paris.
  1. What are you currently watching or reading?
    I read a lot of books. There’s a library around the corner from my house so it’s very convenient for me to get books.  I’m currently reading Little Women.  I have two shows I like to watch…The Voice, which just ended, and Dance Moms, of course.
  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    I love living in the United States. I hope to one day be able to live in New York City and be a famous ballerina like Misty Copeland.
  1. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?
    I go in my room or find a quiet place and read. Sometimes I like to take a long bath, but after about an hour, my brother always yells from the hallway, “Your spa day is over, Ainsley!  Get out of the bathroom!”
  1. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?
    In 20 years, I hope to be in the middle of a dance career! When I am finished dancing, I will go to college and study dance performance and sports medicine or nutrition so that I can go back and help dancers with their health, including physical problems, injuries, and managing their bodies and their weight.

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award.  Thank you to Adrianne for nominating me for this award.  It is an honor that she likes my blog. You should check out her blog. “Life in the Front Seat.”

Enough about me… let’s talk about this Liebster Award.  The rest of this Liebster fun involves nominating other bloggers and their blogs.

I’d like to nominate
John Hansen, Julia Byers,  and Kira Budge at “Teens Can Write, Too
Chandelle at “seed & feather
Ava at “OMG! All the Cool Girls: Girls, Tween, Teen Fashion Blog

Here’s what you need to do if you accept the nomination.  You’ll need to answer the eleven questions listed below in an upcoming post.  Be sure to comment here and let me know that you’ve posted.  I’d love to read it!  In your post, please link back to me (linking to this post would probably be most helpful to trace the Liebster trail).

You’ll also need to nominate bloggers for the award in your post.  Your main criteria is that the blog needs to have less than 200 followers on your social media platform of choice and that you need to love that blog!  Just be sure that you notify them of their nominations and that they have the link to your post so they’ll know what this Liebster Award is all about.

Here are your questions:

  1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what is it about?
  2. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
  3. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?
  4. What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?
  5. What is it you love most about blogging?
  6. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
  7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
  8. What are you currently watching or reading?
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  10. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?

Teachers – Be Kind, Be Fair

This past weekend, I went to the birthday party of a girl that I used to dance with at my old studio.  She still dances there, so I got to see almost all of the girls from the Company that I performed in for the last four years because most of them were at her party as well.  The “birthday girl” was a part of the group of five girls on my level (close in age/same dance skill).  We all took classes together and danced together the most.  All of us attended the party.  After the party, the five of us went back to the “birthday girl’s” house for a sleepover.  At the end of last year, I wasn’t the only girl who left my old studio.  Three girls, including me, left.  It just so happens that we were all on the same level, so that means that three of the five girls at the sleepover no longer dance together.  One of the girls moved out of town.  I decided to go to another studio.  And the other girl just quit dance altogether.  So, that leaves only two of our group still at the old studio – the “birthday girl” and another girl.  I left my old dance studio for several reasons – the biggest of which was that I needed to grow as a dancer and felt that I would learn more at another studio.  But, there were other reasons too.

Well, at the sleepover, the “birthday girl” told me that she is having a really hard time this year and it’s only September.  And to tell you the truth, I noticed that she was having a really hard time last year.  She was new to our group last year and new to the Company.  She replaced another girl who we had been dancing with since first grade, who moved out of state.  She didn’t pick up on choreography as well as the rest of us who had been dancing longer and often required more practice on routines.  This weekend, she told me that the studio owner, who is also one of the teachers, doesn’t like her and treats her bad.  She told me some of the things that have been said to her – out in the open during class in front of the other girls, and it sounded kind of harsh.  Her mom also talked to my mom and my mom wouldn’t tell me everything, but my mom mentioned that she is glad that I got out of there and it sounded like we left just in time.  Though I feel like some of the things that have been going on probably would not have happened to me because my mom is pretty no nonsense, I do believe the things that the “birthday girl” is telling me.  I remember what it was like.  And even it those things wouldn’t have happened to me if I had stayed, that doesn’t make it right that it’s happening to my friend.  Last year, the girl who quit dance was having a problem with another one of the teachers (the same teacher who said that my hair was greasy and gross and that I told on for “black-ifying” people’s names).  That teacher was doing some of the same kinds of things – she was very critical of this girl, very mean, and she did it out in the open in front of everybody all the time.  Her mom tried to talk to the studio owner about it, but she just blew her off.  From what I learned at school, she was being bullied – by a teacher!  And nobody seemed to care.  What I noticed at the studio over the years was that the teachers played favorites, a lot.  It was obvious to every member of the Company in the studio and their parents and it was talked about openly.  There were a few girls who got all of the attention, all of the praise, and all of the opportunities.  The studio owner denied it and so did the other teachers, but we all knew better.

It reminds me of the TV. show, Dance Moms, where all of the girls are constantly being compared to Maddie.  It’s not that bad at my former studio, but it’s bad enough.  I do know that there was a lot of drama there.  A lot of the parents were unhappy, but they all just put up with it.  One of my greatest frustrations was that I was constantly being told how good I was and how good I was going to be “someday,” but I was not allowed to grow.  There were things that we weren’t being taught in class, but then when it came time to learn a routine, those same things were choreographed into our dances.  Once we were being taught the choreography, if there was something we couldn’t do right off, we were called out in class and then the choreography was changed.  And the teachers seemed frustrated by the fact that we were incapable of doing the things they showed us, though we never worked on them in class and were never given a reasonable amount of time to learn how to do them.  They called us out in class and just said, “So and so can’t do it, so we’ll have to change the choreography!”  It was so frustrating!  And it never seemed to happen to the favorite girls, who were the older girls, who had been dancing for years longer than the younger girls and had been taught those things in class.  This happened a lot and a lot of people complained about it, but nothing ever changed.  And I kept asking my mom how I was going to be so good “someday” if I wasn’t given the chance to learn what I needed to learn today.  Her answer was to change studios so that I could get what I needed and what she was paying a lot of money for me to have.  And it seems after talking to my friend this weekend, things are just getting worse.

A teacher is a teacher – whether you are a dance teacher or a regular school teacher.  YOU owe it to your students to be kind and to be fair.  YOU are the adults!  We are supposed to be able to trust YOU.  We are supposed to learn from YOU.  YOU are supposed to teach us, be patient with us, and not give up on us so quickly.  YOU are allowed to give criticism, that’s what you are there for.  But, YOU are not allowed to embarrass us in class for your own amusement, because you had a bad day, or because you are just plain old mean.  YOU tell us to be confident.  How can we be confident if YOU are so harsh with your criticism that you tear us down and make us feel bad about ourselves?  YOU are our teachers.  BE KIND.  BE FAIR.

About

Hi, my name is Ainsley.  Welcome to my blog, “What Ainsley Likes.” I am eleven years old, soon to be twelve.  I will be in the sixth grade during the 2014 – 2015 school year.  I wanted to have my own blog because I love to write and because I thought that other girls my age might like a lot of the same things that I do.  So, I decided to share with you all of the things that I like.  I love to dance and have been taking dance since kindergarten – mostly ballet, jazz, and tap.  I like to read, do craft projects, and of course, I like to wear cute clothes.

My favorite books are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.  My favorite colors are pink, purple, and yellow.  My favorite foods are fruits and vegetables and mashed potatoes.  Oh, I also like candy.  A LOT!  But, I don’t think that candy counts as a food.  The TV shows that I like to watch are The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, Adventure Time, and Dance Moms.  And even though SpongeBob SquarePants has been on for a long time, I really like him too.  I am a dog person, not a cat person.  I try to treat everybody like I want to be treated.  I don’t like P.E., getting dirty, bugs and insects, or mean people.

Other than that, I’m just a normal tween age girl!  I hope you like my blog.

Ainsley