Today we spent some time working outside and taking care of our chickens and bunnies. Our 4H books are also in at the extension office, so we’ll have to stop next time we’re on that side of town to pick them up.
In the afternoon, the girls went to their regular Thursday Hip Hop class, then S13 stayed for jazz line. We are also starting to get ready for our annual unschoolers event, which is just over two weeks from now.
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.
This morning the girls both attended jazz dance technique class at the Stage Door. They are working on their number for the studio’s recital in June.
In the afternoon, S11 attended a birthday party for M14, a friend from co-op. He invited several other friends from co-op, mostly those in the chess club. We got him a chess t-shirt that had a graphic of the pieces with the tag line, “Choose Your Weapon!” It was fun to see the kids interact. The youngest was V10, with a range of ages in between her and M14. Both boys and girls were invited, which was very refreshing. I appreciate that homeschooling allows kids to be friends with a range of ages well before high school (and life) begins.
Tonight S11 had contemporary dance at the Stage Door. I dropped her off there, ran O10 out the the Dublin Grange for Hamlet rehearsal, went back to get S11 from dance, and brought her to play practice. It was a lot of driving between Canfield and Poland, but we managed to get everyone to all the evening’s activities. We did not intend to be in the AfterSchool Players show (they are doing Hamlet, while the Homeschool Players are doing MacBeth),b but Miss Jen asked the girls to take on the roles of the Gravediggers as she was short a few cast members. They love doing plays with the DGT and, since they are small roles, it was not a huge undertaking. The shows are coming up on the third weekend of March.
Today the girls participated in their dance studio’s Christmas show, “A Spirit of Giving”.
The show was originally supposed to be held at Struthers Middle School, but Struthers won their basketball division and had playoff games that would conflict with our show date, so the studio had to pick an alternate venue at quite the last minute.
Our alternate venue ended up being smaller, older, and not very well-equipped. There were a number of sound and lighting problems. The stage was not as wide or deep, and the opening number ended up squished into the back and side curtains. O9 was indignant as she was one of the dancers elbowed out of the spotlight.
In spite of the technical issues, the show was a good experience for the kids to do. They worked hard to rehearse and we enjoyed seeing them on the stage. O9 was in the opening number and a jazz routine, while S11 was in the opening number plus ballet and jazz numbers. S11 seems to have re-kindled her passion for dance and wants to do even more ballet, and possibly modern.