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by Ellie Hogan

December 2022

There is a river

Inside us all

Only when we have courage

Can we take the fall

I stand at the edge

Of the blue river

My feet are stuck

My stomach quivers

My heart is pounding

The branches grow nearer

Still I am stuck

At the edge of this river

And all the time has gone by

Still I have not moved

I will be stuck forever

At the edge of this river

Ellie Hogan is a junior at Greensboro College Middle College. She started dancing at age 10 at Greensboro Performing Arts and then moved to Greensboro Ballet at age 12. At Greensboro Ballet, she studied under Maryhelen Mayfield, John Dennis, and now Christine Grider. Ellie also studies contemporary under Ms. Kaitlynn Gruchacz at Greensboro Ballet. While at Greensboro Ballet, Ellie has performed in the Nutcracker (many times), Hansel & Gretel, and Cinderella. Ellie also studied under Briana Little at Weaver Academy for two years before moving to Greensboro College Middle College with the goal of achieving as many college credits as possible prior to high school graduation. Last summer, as life began to emerge from the pandemic Ellie attended the Butler Ballet Summer Intensive and found it to be one of the best experiences of her life! Moving through life in these post-pandemic times, Ellie has learned to appreciate the art of dance while also keeping all areas of her life in harmony.