JASMIN

Jasmin was movin' and groovin' before she was even born. Then once she was here, if music was playing, this baby was swayin'. We knew dance was in our future, but we had no idea how soon. Summer 2008 we won a free trial to The Little Gym. At the age of two and a half, we started down this path of dance. The rest is history, or so we thought.

April 2011, after switching to a local dance studio in 2009 and being invited on to their novice level competition dance team in 2010, we went to kindergarten registration and did not pass the eye test. Jasmin needed to go to an eye doctor. Now that it had been brought to our attention we could see that her one eye did, in fact seem to be struggling. We figured glasses, or at the worst, maybe an eye patch to strengthen it would be prescribed. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine being told she was "technically" blind in that eye due to a birth defect that made her eyeball misshaped in the back where an image is supposed to fall and be sent to the brain. It was sunken back into the socket thus making straight-on sight impossible and leaving her with only slight peripheral vision. We were told she had severe optic nerve hypoplasia, which "luckily" was only presenting vision problems and not showing mental hinderances, yet. We were informed that the brain may give up on the struggling eye and that her "good" eye was already destined to be near sighted and had been overcompensating for the other eye her entire life and may too eventually fail due to the strain of having to be both eyes.

Earth.shattering.moment. Here was an "owie" that we had no control over making better for our baby. There are no surgeries or treatments available. Her eye is fully developed just misshaped. The knee-jerk reaction was to make her wear a full mask helmet and never leave our home! But the best piece of advice from each of the doctors we took her to was the same,"Don't live life in fear, keep living just with extra caution." Easier said than done. Sometimes it overwhelms me to think about the "what if's" of what could happen to Jasmin. We have had a few scares, as simple as tripping at school and hitting her face on the back of the student's head in front of her and her eye swelled shut. Luckily it was the "bad" eye but my heart honestly stopped when I got the phone call. We try to not dwell on it and just make the best of each day. Who knows what the future may hold, we just hope and pray for the best and enjoy the moments as we live them.

So here we are, fall 2016 and still dancing. Now she has been in 5 full length ballets with featured parts and completed grade 1 - 3 RAD exams, two beginning level competition seasons that included winning a high point award for a solo under her belt and a 2nd place overall for a solo with 2 white diamond rankings as well, 2 advanced level competition season and is on her 2nd year on an advanced level team at Center Stage in Orem, UT for 2016-2017 and also made their gold ballroom team this year.

Jasmin is going to ride this dream for as long as she is able to. We are trying to make it all possible for her.
We believe this gift of dance is straight from God. Dance comes naturally to Jasmin and we want to help her cultivate that talent through the best classes we can find. I have never had to remind Jasmin to practice, it is quite the opposite. She begs me to turn her music on so that she can practice, or questions which day it is to find out if she gets to go to dance.

This site is set up to help cover the cost of all the fees associated with dancing. We have 4 kids, so I stay home during the day but try to bring in extra income by selling doterra from home. I also work nights as an evening/night manager at our local Walmart.

If you can and are willing, please donate. Any amount is appreciated.

If you want to send money directly to one of her studios, then contact us at sc_lewis@msn.com and we will give you the address and our account number to include so that it goes towards her tuition and fees. Please know that from the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful for every and any donation.

Thanks for visiting our site, and thank you tenfold if you choose to donate whether it be financially or spiritually through prayers and thoughts on her behalf.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Scholarship!!!

Jasmin won a jazz scholarship for half off tuition at next year's intensives. Congratulations my tiny dancer!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Champions!!

These littles did it! The won the whoke show, twice! The won at the competition and then the top five got to compete at the gala with guest judges and then won again. MVP!  It was such an amazing experience, they had an amazing season and it is truly bittersweet to be over.

Monday, June 8, 2015

UPDATE!!

Jasmin made MINI COMPANY at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, UT for the 2015-2016 year!!!
Stay tuned for many fundraisers because this is a whole new ballpark in dance fees ;)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

JAMBA JUICE FUNDRAISER!

Jasmin's ballet company partnered with Jamba Juice to do a fundraiser.  The cards are $10 and are good for 6 buy one get one free smoothies at the locations you see here.  This is a local only fundraiser, but if you want to support Jasmin still, let me know and can get you the info of where to send donations.

Fundraiser is running until 6/19/2015


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Update 12/2014

Jasmin has been stuggling a little bit with her sight, she complains sometimes of headaches, and she hadn't had her well check up yet this year so we called and got her in before the year was up.  Our doctor reccomended to go see the eye dr. again to see if there have been any developments with her eyes so we did and found out that the strain on her good eye has caused it to be near sighted now.  So our newest adventure in dancing is going to be: glasses!

UPDATED:  Here she is, stylish as ever!  We let her get 2 pairs, but is going to cause for some serious fundraising because they were not cheap ;)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Disneyland!

It was a whirlwind adventure but Jasmin sure had a blast dancing at Disneyland, I will make sure to upload more pictures and videos soon.  Here are a few to tide you over.






Sunday, June 8, 2014

Current Fundraiser!!

UPDATE: the fundraiser has passed, thank you to all who contributed!


http://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/jasmins-dance-fundraising

We are excited to be partnering with FUN PASTA FUNDRAISING! Shop now and order some creative, delicious pasta goodies. It’s simple and you’ll love the selection – great for any special occasion or just for yourself! 

With each sale, our group earns 40% which helps us reach our fundraising goal. Plus you get free shipping over $75.00! Thanks for your help!

Your order will be shipped from Nashville, TN within 3-5 days.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

FUNDRAISER!!!

*UPDATE: this fundraiser has passed, thank you so much to those who supported us!

We have teamed with Family Storehouse to offer you guys an amazing deal!




http://familystorehouse.net/2-person-72-hour-food-supply.html

you can order their kits at 50% off with code "jasmin" 

For each 2 person kit she sells she makes $10 and for each 4 person kit she makes $20 towards her dance fees. This code includes FREE shipping!

Thank you so much for your support!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Yard and Bake Sale!!!

EDITOR'S NOTE:  this event has passed.  thank you so much to those who helped in any way!


Monday, August 6, 2012

What we have been working on this summer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av9Nhc3enKU

Been working on tumbling this summer, thanks to Allison Holyoak!
She has done up to 4 in a row and is getting better about making them prettier ;)

Solo 2012

This is the solo that not only won a queen, but won a high point award in the beginning category.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bARVzVqlTU

1st competition season

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This was at Cedar City, ha, to be fair, some of the numbers were still cleaned in the locker room before they came out to perform them, but I think they still did awesome.

1st recital on a competition team

http://scjlewis.blogspot.com/2010/12/concert-videos.html

This is her 1st recital as a Super, the novice competition team at Confidance Club.  You can see it is the same solo from that spring, but can see how she is getting better.