BY TERRI PARSELL HILMEY
e love our children so much, and care deeply about the sort of people they’ll grow to
be. Well-rounded, educated, happy, active
adults who have something positive to contribute to the world; that’s what we hope.
That begins by exposing them to proper health
care, teachers, and cultural experiences, all cru-
cial to optimal physical and mental growth.
Maris Battaglia recently celebrated the fiftieth
anniversary of her studio, American Academy of Ballet. “My
motto has always been, discipline with love,” says Battaglia.
“Get in your work, and then get in your hugs.” More than 147
of the Academy’s students have gone on to achieve prominent
careers across the States, Canada, and Europe in dance companies, television, and theater. In fact, former student Neil Haskell
is performing on Broadway in the extraordinarily successful
Minding your children’s
physical, mental, and