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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dance Day

Last Sunday G2 had his end of year dance performance. His ballet school is fantastic. I can't say enough good things about it. It's run by a husband and wife team, has a very supportive, friendly, family atmosphere, and nurtures some of their many talented kids to the pre-professional level. They also have a large boys' program, run by the artistic director, offering free classes through a grant for boys aged 9-21. The older boys are great with the younger ones, and they have a blast.

The end of the year show was amazing. Having classes from the tiniest tots to older teens, it's a diverse experience, and they embrace that by alternating between performances of the upper and lower level classes. The little ones are so cute it makes your teeth ache, wandering across the stage and gamely jumping up and down in their tutus and tights, usually following a slightly older leader (Minou can't watch because there are always a few who forget what they are doing and sit down--he hates that). The older dancers in the upper classes are absolutely spectacular. This year they incorporated some ballroom and salsa dancing as well.

Minou's artistic pre-show photography

G2 was in two dances. One was a classical ballet piece with only three male dancers, so they were showcased. They are starting to lift the girls (and are supposed to do lots of push-ups at home!). He was so poised and elegant. The second piece was my favorite. It had all the boys in the boys' class, a wide range of ages and abilities, and had to accomodate all those dancers. It was a humorous, athletic, jazzy piece set to "Don't worry, be happy." The kids did breakdancing, made human pyramids, and swooped around the stage on skateboards, scooters, and unicycles as part of the choreography. G2 is a ham, so he was great in that performance. I wish I could post them both here.

I'm so proud of him, and happy that he loves to dance.

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