Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pretty Happy Funny Real Ballet Amateurs

Girl 1 and Girl 2 will perform with an amateur dance troupe this weekend and will have their debut on stage en pointe. For dancers, this is the culmination of ten years of work, performing en pointe. It is bitter sweet. They are dancing under the instruction of their first teacher when they were 3 and 4. They were able to actually choreograph the dance themselves. 
The bitter? Not so bitter, but their actual dance school is not so welcoming to imperfection. They are only taking three hours a week there in tech and pointe.  This three-hour contemporary class and a two hour theater dance class is much more enjoyable and the dancers are all welcoming. 
This is perfect for homeschoolers. They don't really understand why people can hate them for not worshiping the band One Direction...last year they were hated (whispers in the bathrooms, silence when they passed by, not getting invited to the bagel place) for not worshiping Justin Beiber....next year, who knows? It is exhausting not keeping up with the normal people. 
the performance is called 'Return to Neverland'- they chose their costuming
So their life is pretty, happy, funny, real...I am so happy that my part-time college teaching position is winding down for the semester. I finish in two weeks and I will have a break until the middle of August. Yipppee! Even though I only teach ten hours a week, my mind is sometimes there, in the classroom, all day, so I am looking forward to focusing only on family with this glorious quotation as my inspiration: 
“To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labours, and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys, boots, cakes and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can imagine how this can exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other people about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.” G.K. Chesterton, of course

4 comments:

  1. oh- and I use the word 'amateurs' in the sense that they LOVE dance...(Latin root, anyone?)...they will probably never profit financially from it ;)

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  2. I love Chesterton !

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  3. It IS exhausting "not keeping up with the normal people." So much energy! Wasted! Thanks for joining!

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    1. luckily- we have a core group of friends- also not normal ;)

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