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Letter to the Editor: In Praise of West Hartford’s Rise in Arts, Entertainment and Culture

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Dear Editor,

As I stepped out of University of Saint Joseph’s Hoffman Theatre from a sold out show of Ballet Theatre Company’s Spring production of Cinderella, I felt a sparkle of pride and exhilaration that creativity and talent is alive and well in West Hartford.

After almost 20 years as a resident, mother, and business owner in West Hartford, I have watched, contributed, and participated in our varied arts community, an enriching experience on many levels. Music, theater, dance, fine arts, comedy, you name it, West Hartford has it – in their schools and in community performance organizations and businesses. My personal experience has taken me on a rich and entertaining ride from Norfeldt Elementary School, to Bristow Middle School, to Hall High School, and into the community to Playhouse on Park, and Ballet Theatre Company.

In the case of Ballet Theatre Company, I have watched them grow and struggle, always maintaining high standards in their mission to educate young dancers, building strong, self-determined people, no matter their economic circumstance. As they move into their 20th year of existence, I celebrate BTC’s executive director Tracy Dorman for her many years of leadership, and also the new artistic director Stephanie Dattellas, who has brought more creative energy into our our West Hartford Community. I felt this dynamic at work last Sunday embodied by the hard work of the young dancers on stage. And it should be pointed out that the lessons in the Cinderella fairy tale are simple but profound. There is a magic that comes from the courage to be kind and good – and from a nice-looking pair of glass slippers!

Laurel Hoskins
West Hartford
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