The Gabrielle Greenwood Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all NPDW students. It will be awarded to the student that shows the same passion we always saw in Gabi. The scholarship will be awarded on the recipient’s recital night.
August 13, 2003-January 31, 2013
Gabrielle “Gabi” Greenwood had the heart of a dancer. Her love for dancing showed in every class she took and every smile she gave. Gabi had a work ethic that is rarely seen in one so young. She had a determination and drive to improve with every step she took and every class she was in.
On January 31, 2013, Gabi was taken from us far too soon at the age of 9. Our hearts broke with the loss. When sharing memories of her, we began to realize what an impact someone so young could have on the world. We will always remember Gabi’s sweet big smile, her joy, and most of all her passion and love. Here at NPDW we know one thing – Gabi is dancing in heaven and we will always treasure her presence here with us.
A Beautiful Tribute to Gabi
Written and Recited by Terri-Lynn Colman
On the back of your program, you will find out traditional slogan, one that we end every show with: we teach the finest children in the wold, because they are all yours. And while that’s true, they say the best teachers are lifelong learners and so I’d like to tell you that every day we learn from the finest children in the world. We learn to be patient, we learn new teaching styles, we learn first and last names and favorite colors and favorite boy bands. We learn the latest slang and we learn the newest styles of shoes. This year we learned so much more than we expected to.
This year, we learned what it means to feel a tragic loss. We learned that seemingly impossible task of holding it together for others, for our students who needed us to be strong. We learned how quiet a studio room with 60 people inside can become. We learned to hold a hand we’d never held before and how to hug a child when all we want to do is cry ourselves. We learned the true meaning of “the show must go on”. And it did and it will. We looked around and we learned how incredibly strong your children are. And how compassionate and empathetic they can be. And we learned a new kind of love, one that had no prerequisites. We hugged and hugged and sometimes said no words at all. We were amazed at how caring your children were to each other, to our entire dance family. And that’s what we became: a family. We’ve said that before but it has a new meaning now. This year we learned to cherish the smiles and giggles from your children. We learned what relief and gratefulness really felt like every time they walked into our classrooms. We learned the biggest lesson of all: Live life to the fullest.
On January 31, our Gabi left us and at first that’s all we knew. But here today I can tell you, Gabi is everywhere. She’s on the walls of our studio, in our pictures and videos. She’s in our minds and hearts, She is behind every smile we give your children and is in every beautiful day we have had since. She is a force inside many of the dancers on this stage tonight. This year your children, our kids have helped us to grow and learn and love. And for that and for Gabi we say “Hallelujah”.