Frankie showed them how

Founder of Georgia Dance Theatre gave Augusta a lasting cultural gift

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“Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

I hope you dance”

– from the song I Hope You Dance

This song made famous by Lee Ann Womack may be the most beautiful wish list ever composed for a friend.

It’s a hope and a prayer that the friend sips every moment and savors every vista. And when it comes time to jump into life’s mosaic and become part of the grand picture, the song is an exhortation to dive head first and to live life to the fullest. “I hope you experience all the beauty and joy life has to offer,” it’s saying.

I hope you dance.

What a great metaphor. Dancing may be the purest form of elation there is, and the best way to send a thank-you to life. You will never say so much about the gift of life, without uttering a word, as when you dance.

That’s what people like Frankie Levy bring to others. It’s what she brought to life.

Levy began dancing at age 7, when the toddler’s frolic was still fresh inside her. She formed the Georgia Dance Theatre ballet company in Augusta, which taught the art and nurtured the passion for dance until 1982, though she kept teaching after that. Along the way, she exposed her students to world-class shows and teachers in New York, and even produced an original ballet for the 250th anniversary of Augusta that was ultimately performed in London.

She left this earthly stage Dec. 28 at the age of 90, having taught many here not just how to dance, but how to approach life: with abandon, exultation and flair. What a gift.

It’s one thing for someone to hope you dance.

It’s something else entirely for them to show you how.

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Riverman1 01/08/12 - 06:10 am
Ms Levy did a graceful

Ms Levy did a graceful pirouette and is still dancing on another stage.

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