It has been a busy season. My oldest has been taking ballet for 8 years now, she is almost officially a teen. She has always been cast in some of the smaller roles in her dance companies production of the Nutcracker.
This year she was cast in 6 roles, and several proved to be very challenging. They have been rehearsing since late August, each Saturday, all day and some Friday night rehearsals. This on top of her regular ballet classes, 6 hours during the week.
|Little sis joined this year and made her debut as an angel and party girl.|
I saw her push herself, and I saw a range of emotions over the last few months. Of course the hardest to see were those tear filled afternoons where she was physically exhausted and felt she was letting others down.
In the end, it came together, she and the other dancers did an amazing job (Yes, Mom cried). I saw them encourage one another, and swell with pride on a job well done, then collapse on the couch in shear exhaustion.
It is so great to see these young ladies, develop their artistic talents. AND...interesting to see my own children explore their forms of art, my oldest in ballet, my middle is a tinkerer (the recycle bin is her favorite place to find treasures), and already my youngest is happiest when she has a notebook and colors!
It is shameful that the arts are not valued more in our schools. Even my own high school alma mater has taken away their art program. But of course, you should see the football field, brand new second gym, and new training facility. Ugh...another conversation for another day.
Hope you all have had a well deserved break! Happy New Year to all.