Hello friends, Megha here. I'm writing from our cute little apartment in Vancouver to let you all know that everything is fine.
There seems to be a lot of concern and confusion over Carolena's latest Fireside Chat where she announced the changes taking place at FCBD®. Many people have said they are sorry to hear of her health issues and sad that the troupe is being disbanded. I think her message wasn't received clearly by everyone so I thought I would jump in and try to shed some light on the situation from a different perspective.
First of all, Carolena's health is fine. She is happy and healthy and really excited about her upcoming wedding. She (both of us really) just meant to say that all of the traveling has been exhausting and she was feeling it's toll on her body. The smart thing to do is take care of herself to make sure she stays healthy and able to dance and teach for a long time. The slow down in travel is simply a preventive measure rather than running herself into the ground and creating a situation whereby she would no longer be able to do this amazing thing that she does.
Regarding disbanding the troupe, it's actually an expansion rather than a destruction. The idea is simply to allow all level 3 students the opportunity to qualify for a gig and make it more of a community based experience rather than a closed group. This idea encompasses the basic nature of ATS as being all-inclusive. There's no reason to fear that FCBD® is going anywhere. The studio is still open and going strong, the company is well intact and the performance opportunities are now available to more dancers.
So, let's all celebrate this step forward for FCBD® and continue to share in the excitement that is ATS®!
With love in dance,