I first met Zoe Heiden while choreographing Guys and Dolls last year. (Or was it two years?) I don't know... I was in my first trimester with my Zoë at the time and was sick as a dog and exhausted. I'd heard of Zoe Heiden from mutual friends and was excited to work with her. I mean...come on...her dad is THIS GUY:
So maybe he's not Michael Phelps---and maybe I'm not teaching HIM. But he's the equivalent in the speed skating world! (And biking world for that matter). So teaching his daughter is like teaching Michael Phelps' daughter. As someone who has always wanted to be an Olympic athlete, this is the closest I'm going to get and I think its neat.
So when Zoe's mom, Karen, called and said that Zoe was invited to audition for the new Broadway production of "Matilda" and was hoping I could help get her prepped...I was thrilled. Not only do I adore little Zoe Heiden, I LOVE Roald Dahl (the man who wrote the children's book "Matilda"), and I have heard so many great things about the musical which has been playing on the West End in London. My friends in the UK have nothing but great things to say about it. Maybe you've seen the movie. It's a treat.
I got to get out of my mom costume and into my dance teacher costume once a week for a few weeks and spend time with this talented little cutie while preparing her for her first Broadway audition. How fun is that??
And yes, her mom is just as talented and smart and fit as her dad is.
Here she is at the dance call in NYC!
No matter what happens, I'm just thankful I got to be a part of this experience with her. She is still there auditioning as we speak and you know what? I think this post is the perfect tribute and remembrance of 9/11. You know why? We've got a multi multi Olympic gold medalist's daughter auditioning in NYC for a Broadway play on 9/11. How much more of the American spirit can we fit into this scenario?
Keep going, keep fighting, never give up, follow your dreams, and long-live NYC and the incredible Olympic games. And the US of A!