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Thank you Kristin Davis

  • Orphaned Baby Elephants
    So nice to see that the babies finally have a prominent name attached to their plight. Please click the link (above) to view a page from the orphanage and at the bottom of the page is a link to a wonderful video Kristin made at the orphanage.

From Dame Daphne Sheldrick:

  • “Every person that buys ivory has killed an elephant and its dependent young and has caused immeasurable sorrow and suffering to many others.” Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick MBE, MBS


  • ... from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where orphaned baby elephants are rescued.

Watercolors from the Nursery

  • Each month I receive a lovely watercolor depicting a scene from the nursery. We have printed many of them out and placed them in frames to decorate our home.


  • Sammy loved kittens, tutus & ballerinas. But mostly he loved us. He died a peaceful death as an old man and left us with broken hearts.

Our Old Man

  • Baby Bear died a peaceful death just before Christmas 2009. He was almost 17. Bear was a warrior. A brilliant feline. A blessing to our lives.

3/50 Project

  • Click on the logo to find out what the 3/50 project is all about.

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May 04, 2011


Julie Marie

Oh Amy, I can just feel the love you have for these beautiful young ladies in your tender words in this post... how lovely their "last pair of shoes" each look hanging in your theatre. My favorite also is the pretty heart~framed ballet shoes and baby shoes of Haleys... you have brought tears to my eyes, but they are happy tears... I would have to say my childhood memories are what I hold dearest to my heart... sending much love to you and wishing you a beautiful Mother's Day... xoxo Julie Marie

Amy Arnaz

Thank you Julie Marie ~ I want to retire completely and the impact of that is magnifying my attachment to the ballet, tutu, sparkly world I have lived in for my whole life. If I did not adore my dancers so much I think it would be much easier to let it go. This feeling I have is what all teachers must feel at some point. I hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday as well. Surely Tess will celebrate with you. xoxo Amy


No, no, no. Miss Amy retire? Please, never! The BC dance world will never be the same! We love you, Amy. (PS-Can you never write a post that doesn't bring a lump to my throat???)

Amy Arnaz

*Linda* I wish I had the energy I had 20 years ago. My agony is knowing that the BC dance world will never be the same without me. Therein lies my torment. xoxo Amy

Privet and Holly

Amy, as always your
words touch my heart,
but you truly SEE your
life....and I'm certain
that you HEAR it, as
well. What a role you
have played in touching
these young lives as they
have touched yours.
Sending you big hugs
for a wonderful Mother's
Day, sweet friend!
xx Suzanne

Privet and Holly

I meant
BECAUSE you truly
see your life...
Glad my mistake
brought me back,
as I'm loving this
beautiful music!
xx S.


Dearest Amy, May you have a sweet and blessed Mother's Day!

I cannot imagine what you must be going through as you think about retiring.

You'll always hear the music in your head and see dancing ballerinas. These precious little girls that you have watched grow up before you and turn into swans is something to enjoy. You have had a huge part in their lives and developing their skills and fine tuning their abilities. That won't go away!

Dear One, What will be the next phase of your life.....time will tell. This could be really exciting and rewarding as well!

After my daughter went through her divorce, I told her it's alright to cry...just don't cry too long. God will put a new song in your heart.

God bless you, Amy.

Allen Chandler

Hi Amy,

Normally, I would not comment on a post that you would describe as so "pink and fluffy". Even from a male perspective I think I understand this one.

I've been to the ballet twice in my life and don't pretend to know much about it except that it not only takes talent to dance, but much discipline. Discipline isn't very popular in this day and age, but is necessary in most areas of life.

It is understandable that what you have described is near and dear to your heart. Undoubtedly, you have been a positive force in these girls' lives through the years and that should be rewarding to you. The girls undoubtedly love and appreciate your influence in their lives. So, as you are considering retirement, my hat's off to you! Also, Happy Mother's Day!


Amy Arnaz

*Thank you Allen* When Johnny Carson retired he broke millions of hearts. Larry King too. When I retire I will break 100 very young hearts. Maybe their first broken heart. Turning 60 this year makes me wonder how many more years I will be here and that maybe I should listen to the whisper I am hearing. I appreciate your adventure into the pink and fluffy land of my blog and I appreciate your heartfelt comment too. I accept your Happy Mothers Day salute with a Grand Curtsy. Thank you ~ Amy

jamie gibbs

I saw your wall in person and I took a pic of that wall, I knew the moment I walked in and saw it that it was special, I could feel the closeness and Love you have for each girl hanging right there in the hall!!!
I felt touched reading your post, gosh so many things have touched my heart....boy it is great to stop and think about them though!!!
Love to you,

Amy Arnaz

*Thank you Jamie* Of all the pretty objects in our Theatre, I think people are most drawn to the hallway where the pointe shoes are displayed. I remember you photographing the pointe shoes when you visited. Every time I walk down the hall, which is OFTEN, I catch a glimpse of a name written on a shoe and smile. Hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day. How could you not with your beautiful family? Love you ~ Amy

Keri Corderman Feagin

Amy, I love you. I only wish my 3 daughters could have attended a ballet class with you.
I love your writing and your kittens. I wish I could adopt one of Zane's little ones, my girls would love it!

Amy Arnaz

Dear Keri~

In my mind YOU are still a little girl. I remember your very, very blonde hair and how delicate you were as a child. You danced as if you were a lyrical fairy. I was charmed. I wish I was as young now as I was when I taught you because it would be my pleasure to teach your little girls how to scurry, curtsy, tippy-toe circle and learn their first arabesque. To me, nothing is more precious than a little tiny girl in a tutu. Love you lots Keri. xoxo Miss Amy

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My Spotlight Guy


  • Along with pink roses, kittens and God's abundance, ballerinas are certainly one of the most beautiful gifts our eyes can behold. ~ Amy Arnaz


  • Haley & Justin performing the Grand Pas de Deux.

Long skirts

  • "I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…" ~Tasha Tudor

My little mother Libby

  • Hi Mom! I hope you have somehow figured out how to read my blog. I have a new, bionic knee that should last till I'm 80. Wish you were here so we could share everything with you. Miss you lots.... Wish you would have lived longer so you could see your beautiful granddaughters all grown up.

Orphaned Baby Elephants

  • The Nursery on 60 Minutes
  • My passion
    I am passionate about helping orphaned baby elephants whose mother's have been murdered for their ivory. Click the link above to read more about the rescue effort and please adopt a baby elephant! xoxo Amy