Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ballet Performance

Laura had her annual ballet performance this past Saturday. She was a "Jeweler" in the ballet "Cinderella". Naturally, being Laura, she did her part perfectly and even helped out a lost little dancer here and there. She smiled, danced and got so absorbed with the whole experience that she was exhausted afterwards and took a two hour nap. Laura was magnificent and she really, really loves to dance. (Wonder where she got that from?!)
I didn't actually get to see her perform much. I was backstage helping my two classes (Jewelers and itty bitty Bluebirds) get onstage and their peices performed without incident. However, my folks, Jason's Mom, and Jason thoroughly enjoyed watching her and said she was wonderful. Sara's enjoyment was at another level, however. She was absolutely entranced with what was onstage until the awe wore off and then she was a running commentary on her experience. Finding "my Lala" was the best part and Laura said she even heard her! Yes, Sara and Jason left at the first intermission.
I think that one of Laura's favorite parts was receiving flowers afterwards. Because we both know Laura and her preferences, my parents and us gave her pink roses (which we found ourselves buying at the same moment in line at Walmart) which she adored and J's mom got her a red rose for the day as well.
Life came full circle for me when I found my name listed under faculty in the program. I have had such a great year being able to teach little girls, have special time with my Laura, and refind a buried talent. I loved being able to stand with my fellow teacher and lifelong friend Becky, who I danced with from age 7 yrs through college, and watch our little girls perform. Thank you so much Mom and Dad who allowed me to cultivate my talent in my youth and then enabled me to use it as an adult and teach my precious girl - LOVE YOU!


  1. What a thrill is was to watch beautiful little Laura dance and experience so many flashbacks to when I watched you, my beautiful Melinda. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to teach and share your talent. How could Laura not love to dance growing up dancing with Mommy around the kitchen. We will miss our Tuesday mornings with Sara. Maybe again in January? And then two more little daughters will be in the wings.

  2. It was so much fun to watch Laura do what she loves to do. I'd been looking forward to this performance for days. She did perfect and I was so proud of her!

    And I'm so glad that you have been able to keep yourself in what you love as well as a teacher. There's a reason Laura is so good at what she does. It's because she has the best teacher in the world!

  3. Look at Laura! She is so precious!

  4. What a delightful performance and we enjoyed every minute of watching our sweet little Laura's dance. She did not miss a step and made sure no one else did either. She did such a great job and we were very proud of her.
    Melinda you did a super job in teaching your dance class.
    Great fun!