Many thanks to everyone who attended Ella's memorial service, or sent their condolences.
The program for the service is available here.
Here are the texts of (most of) the speaker's remarks:
Denise Brown, director of the Montclair High School Dance Company where Ella danced all through High School, dedicated this year's performance to Ella - see the dedication in the program.
The Macalester Theatre and Dance Department Spring Concert Program also dedicated the performance to Ella, and donated proceeds to her fund.
it is so beautiful to see you all here, wearing colors. ella did not wear much black. she is colors, and she is light.
today, i miss ella. i will miss her, and love her, and think of her every day for the rest of my life.
and i thought, what better way to honor and remember our spunky, darling girl, than to celebrate all things quintessentially ella.
i have a list:
finally, while driving in your car, roll up the windows, airtight, turn up your favorite song so loud the bass line makes you shake, and sing at the top of your lungs. sing so hard you maybe miss a turn on your way home, or drive right past your destination. and love every minute of it.
in the spring of 2009, ella choreographed a beautiful dance piece inspired by the music of leo kottke, songs that she and her dad picked out together. every move is ella. every flick, turn, and slide. and now, we watch ella dance.