Thursday, May 7, 2009

Oda Mae's Recital

Monday I had 4 final exams, so I figured I needed a couple days rest before I got back to blogging....

We'll start with the most recent event. On Sunday, yes Mother's Day, Oda Mae had her first "ballet recital". Since January I've been taking her to ballet lessons once a week. She loves to dance around the house so we figured we'd give ballet a try. I found a school near the house that offered a class during a time I could take her. It started out simple enough. We had to invest a little, you know, ballet slippers, tights, leotards, tuition, etc. We definitely wanted to see her perform in the spring performance so we paid for the costume and performance fee as well. As you can imagine all of this was starting to add up. Of course, we just paid 'cause it was our little girl.

I finally got used to setting in the lobby area with all of the other "mothers" who brought their little ones to class. I won't even go into some of the conversations I heard there. I just brought a book every week and got some reading done during the 45 minute class. Parents weren't allowed in the studio, but we could hear everything that was going on while sitting in the lobby. I have to admit I was never really comfortable with the instruction that went on. Only a couple of basic positions were taught and the rest of the class time was spent preparing for "the performance". Now, I work in the arts. I know what it takes to put on a good show, but we're talking about a class of 3 and 4 yr olds. All they want to do is have fun. By the end of the semester I had to MAKE Oda Mae go to class. A couple of times I thought about letting her stay home. She really wasn't having fun in the class. Typically, once she got out of the class, she was fine, but she should want to go. I'm pretty sure the instructor hadn't worked with kids very much. She was pretty negative when they we not doing what they needed to do. It was very rare that I heard words of encouragement to any of the students.

"The Performance"
Now, I'll admit, the performance was done very well. Very professional. A two hour production of Alice in Wonderland at a major hall with all of the students (young and old) from this particular ballet school. Frankly, I just wanted to see Oda Mae dance around with a bunch of other kids her age. The good seats in the auditorium were reserved for alumni of the school, we had to pay for the program that had her name and picture, and photographs and video were not allowed during the performance. COME ON PEOPLE! I was able to get pics and video at the dress rehearsal, so that's good.

All in all we made it through and Oda Mae got to dance on stage for 3 minutes, but I think we might be looking at other options for this summer and next fall. She was super cute mind you, but maybe we'll put swimming, soccer and chess on the list of things to try next. :)

Here's the video from the dress.

Here are some pics from the dress.


The Father of Five said...

Looking forward to that!

Anonymous said...

I thought the recital was awesome.