I just love the last day of ballet class each semester. We usually take a little time to chat about our program (Speaking of our program, it went really well, but I left my camera at home and have NO pictures. I might have to swipe some from someone else.)
Anyway, my students, who's ages range from 3 - 6 get the chance to chat about what they enjoyed and didn't enjoy about the program: the bright lights, watching the older girls dance, getting pretty flowers from Dad, etc. Inevitably, someone mentions how "exciting" it was to wait in the dark behind the curtain. What they're referring to is the five or so minutes before it's their turn to go on stage. We have to be completely silent and still, which is sometimes hard for little ones, but I kid you not, they're so much better at doing this than the 13 year olds. They take their roles very seriously. This is so funny to me, because it's what many parents fear will be too scary for their little dancers.
After we discuss the program we have a special class time when each child gets to "be the teacher." They basically just show us a favorite position, jump, stretch, or sequence then lead their fellow classmates in executing the movement and making any necessary corrections. This is absolutely hysterical. If you know a three year old, just imagine her (toddler belly and all) telling a friend that she needs to "straighten that leg a little more." "Don't look at your feet!" "Tummies in!" I'm sore the next day from suppressing my laughter.
Here are some pics of my lovely dancers. They are just wonderful, sweet little girls, and I'm so thankful for the joy they bring me each week.
Posted by Beth at 11:29 PM