Today was our first day back to dance since we left for Florida at the beginning of April. It was tough getting back into the swing of things, but S12 had her ballet class and then both girls did jazz and tap. They are working on the numbers for the upcoming show in June.
Today the girls had their regular Monday evening dance classes. S12 is in Cecchetti Ballet II, then she and O11 are both in Jazz and Tap. They are starting to get ready for the end-of-year show, which will be in mid June. The studio just announced that this year’s production will be Mary Poppins. The studio does not do a full-on reproduction of the show, but rather centers all of its dances around that theme. In last year’s production of Tangled, for example, one of the numbers was to Halsey’s “Castle”. It will be interesting to see what music and dances they choose for this year.
Mondays and Tuesdays are our most hectic days, because the girls and I all have to be in different places around town at about the same time or on overlapping schedules. Tonight, S11 went to dance at Kathi’s (her Cecchetti studio) while O10 went to Spanish at the library. Fortunately, they are only 10 minutes away from each other, so I dropped S off early and waited at the library with O until she was done. Then O and I picked S up from dance in New Middletown and drove out to Canfield for Hamlet rehearsal. O did not go to guitar as she is recovering from a bit of the flu, and her teacher was having furnace trouble. We’ll resume guitar next week.
Earlier in the day, the girls practiced their lines for MacBeth together before their rehearsal at Homeschool Players on Friday.
We joined a few friends from our playgroup for a matinee performance of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet’s production of The Little Mermaid.
This was a lovely production and I particularly appreciated that the dancers were all between 9 – 18 years of age. It was good for the girls to see what they could aspire to do in just a few more years.
The girls were in their ballet school’s production of The Nutcracker, which was this past Saturday. We spent a lot of last week at the theatre for tech and dress rehearsals, but it was worth it. I think they really grew from the experience. Not only did they have to learn their dance, but they also learned to follow the director and to listen for their parts to be called. They learned to wait patiently (and quietly!) while the rest of the dancers worked on their parts. They got to be a small but important part of a bigger production, which I think is good for helping them mature and relate to others.
We had a very busy week of tech rehearsals, which were every day from 5pm until 9pm. Even though it made for several long nights, it was very exciting!
My mom came in to see the performance and got to get a sneak peek at dress rehearsal.
They got to see the older girls rehearse and sat in on the tech notes from their director, Miss Virginia. (S7 is in the center, wearing a black leo and waving her arm.)
After the final tech rehearsal, there was a big cast photo shoot.
The girls were Polichinelles and came out from underneath Mother Ginger’s skirt. Here they are with Mother Ginger, going over some last minute details.
On the day of the show, we headed to the theater. S7 is holding a toy nutcracker that she received in her advent calendar.
Backstage was a little crazy. The Polichinelles had to stay in a small corner of the dressing area.
At one point, the Mouse King herself came in to give them a little pep talk.
For the most part, the girls were pretty unruffled.
Finally, it was time to get into costume
and get warmed up!
Meanwhile, out in the audience, all the grandparents and me and DH were waiting excitedly to see our little dancers.
The show itself had two acts. It started out with a Christmas party, with the mysterious Professor Drosselmeyer and his dancing life-sized dolls making a fantastical appearance. Drosselmeyer gave Clara a nutcracker doll, but her brother, Fritz, accidentally broke it. She had to leave the nutcracker downstairs when she went to bed. The real story began when Clara crept downstairs to sleep next to her broken toy. We saw her dreams, which involved the Nutcracker coming to life and slaying a Mouse King. Afterwards, they were whisked to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the sweets and toys danced for Clara and her Prince.
The end of the first act was a beautiful dance of the snowflakes. It was breathtaking. I’m so glad the kids got to see this in dress rehearsal- they were mesmerized.
S7 and O5 came on stage in the second act. First they were introduced to Clara and Fritz with the rest of the magical creatures.
Then there were all the famous dances: the Arabian, Chinese and Russian; the Flowers; the Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Canes.
Finally, our little Polichinelles came out on stage. They were delightful.
What a great show! DH and Grandpa gave them flowers to celebrate.
Then we did one better: we went for MILKSHAKES.