Today is my recovery day. The spring ballet ended yesterday and now our lives are returning to a normal pace. I love seeing my daughter perform, but I don’t miss the time commitment and hard work after it’s over. She has regular ballet classes three days a week but had 2-6 extra practices since the new year.
My daughter was a fairy in The Dream, which is a ballet version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She really enjoys ballet and did a terrific job. She’s come a long way over the last year with her poise and expressiveness.The show was very good. The costumes really turned out well!!
My daughter got to experience something new this year. She auditioned for and got two contemporary roles. She really enjoyed these performances. This first one was fun 50s style dance.The second dance was a very moving piece that all the dancers did so good on. They practiced two hours every Friday night and it showed. It was choreographed by my daughter’s favorite dance teacher. It depicted immigrants rising up from the ocean. Here my daughter is a boat on the ocean.The costumes and music on this piece were just amazing. The end of the dance had some of the dancers “die”. I am not sure there was a single dry eye in the house. This was my daughter’s favorite part of the entire show.
I am so proud of how hard my daughter worked. She dances with older girls in the contemporary pieces and she never had trouble keeping up. She’s always sad when shows are over. This one was especially hard because her favorite teacher is moving away this summer. Here she is pictured with Miss Sarah, who was a cobweb in The Dream.Is your kid ever sad after the end of a show or game that they’ve worked so hard on? Can you offer any advice for helping them cope?