We have been very fortunate because in addition to paying for daycare, we have not had to shell out another $500 to send O to ballet class. The school brings in a ballet teacher and the kids who pay a little extra for the outfit, tap shoes and ballet shoes get to participate in ballet class. O missed the first two weeks because of her European adventures. And I was told by her teachers that she did not seem all the interested in it. I was disheartened, but she kept doing it. And finally she took to it. One day she comes home and shows us all her ballet moves. Technically her one ballet move: putting her hands above her head, finger tips touching together, and twirling. It was cute, and we were super proud. A few weeks later, she came home with a new move. While holding onto the coffee table, she extends her leg, and points her toe out. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, she points the toe. Even prouder!
The teacher took a break for Christmas, and so no new moves! But everyone got O some sort of ballet related present. Dora the Ballerina lenticular puzzle, Dogs Don’t Do Ballet (a new favorite book), more tutus, crowns, ballet sticker book…
Then this weekend she surprised all of us by whipping a new ballet move. And it wasn’t just pointing your leg out. I had to look it up what the position is called, and Wikipedia called it Attitude derriere: “a position in which the dance stand on leng (in this case leaning against the coffee table) while the other leg is lifted and turned out with the knee bent at 90 degree angle.” And believe you me, she had her toe pointed! But where did this new inspiration come from???
I think this summer she might be ready to attend her first ballet. If she stopps telling me she doesn’t want to be quiet and sit down and watch the ballerina.