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Helen Lewis

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2009 by Miche

Helen Lewis told me a story once. She had happened to meet the mother of a young girl who had gone to Helen’s dance classes, and was now taking lessons somewhere else. The mother said: “When she got home from your class, she would be dancing through the door. She danced around the house all the time. She doesn’t do that any more. I asked her why, and she said ‘Oh… I’m not good enough.'”

I don’t recall exactly where or when she told me that story, but I remember the curl of her lip when she said the words “I’m not good enough.” It was abundantly clear that Helen had a low opinion of any teacher whose pupils would leave a class with a low opinion of themselves. Her way of teaching was to inspire, to encourage. She made us think we could dance, and lo and behold we could dance – or at least we could dance a sight better than we would have done without her encouragement and instruction.

Helen was a survivor of Auschwitz. She saw and experienced things my imagination can’t cope with. Yet she retained a love of life, of people, and of dance.

Helen died on the last day of 2009. My resolution for 2010 is to dance more.

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One Response to “Helen Lewis”

  1. Nice tribute.

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