Miss A has always been a confident little girl, especially when it comes to performing. She is eager to get up on stage in school performances, and loved doing her first gymnastics competition recently.
This time last year we were gearing up quite rapidly to get Miss A ready for her first Ballet show. She has been doing ballet for two and a half years now, and doesn’t show any signs of wanting to stop any time soon. Miss A’s ballet uniform used to be lilac, but she has recently changed to a teal uniform as she has grown and needed a bigger leotard. There are a lot of companies such as Dancewear Central who sell a large range of outfits and shoes for all types of dance. We often go through ballet shoes and socks as well which thankfully are all the standard salmon colour.
Her first ballet show was going to be in front of a large audience on a proper stage at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth. She only saw the stage area and got the full appreciation of the lighting and atmosphere a week before when we attended for dress rehearsals. It was a big step away from the local hall where her lessons take place once a week.
There were a variety of children ranging from three years old up to young adults, all coming together to create a show. Miss A’s section was Sugar Plum Fairies, a group of eight or so children who practised very hard for their three minute performance.
During the rehearsal, Miss A learnt that her three minute performance was going to require her to be patient for a long time as other groups also performed. Each group waited their turn in a dressing room, and had to be ready on queue, with perfect hair and presenting correctly before they were taken to the side of the stage ready to go on whilst the group in front performed.
Whilst they were waiting in the wings, they needed to be silent, and I know I was very proud of all the children as I couldn’t hear any giggles or chatter. The show took place over two days and I was in the audience on the first day and chaperoned the children on the second, so I got to experience the show from the wings as well as the audience.
I was so proud of Miss A and all the other children during their show. I know she can’t wait for her next, but she has to wait until next year to experience the thrill of the stage again.
Do your children like to perform?
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