Off of the heels of this very female empowered year (i.e. last week’s first, and might I add, impressive presidential debate with leading candidate Hilary Clinton vs. Donald Trump) is this precocious and brave young lady paving the way for future muslim ballerinas all around the globe. A term “muslim ballerina” may have been unheard of before – that is until Stephanie Kurlow came into the “ballerina picture,” so to speak. Child gravitated to the graceful style of dance at the age of two when she wore her first tutu. Her religious beliefs stem from the age of nine when she donned her first hijab. Both were apart of her life as she saw no distinction between both – that is until Ms. Kurlow decided to take private ballerina classes proudly donning her hijab. Surprisingly, she was met with opposition because of her religious garb and/or she denied access to classes all together.
Wanting to bridge that gap between her practicing beliefs and her love of dance, Stephanie took it upon herself to launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for rigorous, private tutoring that would provide her with the training she needed to become the world’s first Muslim hijab ballerina. Almost 700 people donated to make her vision a reality, raising a total of over $7,000 in donations. In a recent CNN interview and like a true visionary, Stephanie stated the following: “I think it’s really cool and amazing how ballerinas never show pain,” she said. “We could be bleeding in our shoes and never show pain.” Kurlow, admits to having been inspired by ballet trailblazer Misty Copeland and hijabi Emirati lifter Amna Al Haddad, hopes her story will inspire other girls who feel disconnected from their dreams due to their religions, ethnicities or backgrounds. She plans to one day open her own dance facility specifically geared toward diverse youths. | Source: HuffingtonPost.com
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By Roz Baron
Editor-in-Chief of Snkrbst.com