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On today’s episode of Balancing Pointe Podcast the I am NOT your host…instead, I am the guest of honor!  On this show, Melissa Klapper is the host and asks me to uncovering MY journey in life, in podcasting and my struggles as the mother of an aspiring ballerina.

Family, Faith and Friends thrown in with a LOT of travels are my highest priorities!

Family, Friends and Travel provide me my greatest joys in life!

Melissa Klapper is a History professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and asked Kimberly to provide her some information as research for the book she is in the process of researching and writing, Ballet Class: An American History which is a scholarly book that will explore the twentieth-century growth of ballet class as a central part of American childhood. Melissa is currently on sabbatical and is devoting herself full time to the research and completion of this book. This will be Dr. Klapper’s fourth scholarly book but her first book focusing on Ballet.

Melissa’s other books are; Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in America, 1880-1925 (American Childhoods Series), Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940.

Dr. Klapper reached asked me if she could interview me as research for her book.  From this we came up with the idea to record the interview and use it as its own episode on Balancing Pointe Podcast.  As you will hear, I provide you with quite a detailed history into my life and as well as providing authentic thoughts on the hardships, frustrations and confusion I feel in raising a daughter who is pursuing a life in Ballet.

A good husband who is also a best friend makes life SO much better!

A good husband who is also a best friend makes life SO much better!

This photo was from our road trip when we moved to Florida.

This photo was from our road trip when we moved to Florida.

More family love.

More family love.

In front of our home in MN ~ can't forget about "Ozzie", our family dog.

In front of our home in MN ~ can’t forget about “Ozzie”, our family dog.

 

FREINDS!!

Friends!

Friends!

Friends!

Travel!

Travel!

 

And yes - didn't I mention I was in the FSU circus?

And yes – didn’t I mention I was in the FSU circus?

That's right the circus!

That’s right the circus!

Photos from MY journey into Podcasting and the creation of Balancing Pointe Podcast

MY journey into Ballet began here!

MY journey into Ballet began here!

My journey into Podcasting began with the "girl's trip" to audition in Chicago

My journey into Podcasting began with the “girl’s trip” to audition in Chicago

Auditions had taken on a whole new meaning.

Auditions had taken on a whole new meaning.

The results turned out incredible and took us here in 2013.

The results turned out incredible and took us here in 2013.

And it was during this summer the concept for Balancing Pointe Podcast and its logo was formed.

And it was during this summer the concept for Balancing Pointe Podcast and its logo was formed.

Three years later and we are STILL at it....Chicago bound for auditions!

Three years later and we are STILL at it….Chicago bound for auditions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I have learned, as the mother of an aspiring dancer is that this is a journey of HARD WORK.....

What I have learned, as the mother of an aspiring dancer is that this is a journey of HARD WORK…..

Mixed with hard core determination.....

Mixed with hard core determination…..

...and a whole lot of passion and joy!

…and a whole lot of passion and joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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