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“Welcome to my Christmas song
I’d like to thank you for the year
So I’m sending you this Christmas card
To say it’s nice to have you here…”

So began the song that my Jazz Ones danced to for their Christmas presentation on the last day of dance. I only had three students for that class (out of four), and all three had older sisters in the Jazz Three class next door; so we had a quiet presentation. We warmed up and presented their dance a few times; then the parents left to watch their older children. I took my girls across the floor for a bit, then for the last five minutes we went into the next room so they could watch the big sisters dance.

My next class was a different story! It’s a big class, so the room was full of dancers, parents, and little siblings. The chairs in the room prevented the door from closing, so noise from the hallway trickled in. The first ten minutes felt a little chaotic! But then the noise died down, the younger siblings got settled in, and the class went well. We did a barre, then I told the story of ‘The Nutcracker’ with props before the girls presented their Russian Dance. It was super cute, and they did a great job!

After I teach my regular classes, I assist with the last 30-45 minutes of Ballet Three (It’s such a large class, they need an extra teacher). They did their presentation on Monday, since their regular teacher would be performing in ‘Nutcracker’ the rest of the week. Their Thursday sub wanted them to present it at least once for the few parents who had come to watch the midweek class (The sub, Miss M, is a sweet lady who always gives a fun and lighthearted class). Only problem was that their regular teacher had taken their music with him; so M suggested we dance the piece while singing the song (it was “O Holy Night.”
So we did. Their was a bit of giggling as we stumbled over some of the words (“something, something, and His gospel is peace”), but we did the dance. Afterwards M made the girls gather around me for picture, and everybody laughed and hugged as Ballet Three finished their last class of the year. It was jovial and fun.

My last class of the night/year was pointe: three students, two parents watching, no presentation because they are beginners and at the barre for most of the class. We had a nice & quiet class; and after I handed out my last candy cane I tossed on a Santa hat, bellowed “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!,” and headed out the door to begin my vacation.

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Yesterday was a day of shopping, wrapping, and packing (there is still one thing I need to buy, but I couldn’t find it in my neighborhood and my “sleigh” is full anyway). Now I’m sitting in the airport, ready to jingle all the way to Pennsylvania. My flight leaves in 45 minutes, and (Lord willing) I’ll Be Home For Christmas in under six hours.

Have a wonderful weekend! Ho ho ho!

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Remember back in the good ol’ days, there’s always someone who wanted to show you their endless vacation reels at family gatherings? Welcome to the modern version of that.

Dance Recital, 6.22 and 6.23

Dress rehearsal with the Ballet Threes, Day One

Photo by Mama BUtterfly

Photo by Mama BUtterfly

Kiddos warming up onstage before the first show (pictures blurry/from the back to protect privacy, also because moving subjects + no flash).

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Mama and me after the first show. I had flowers from students and Craig. 🙂

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Dress rehearsal for the second show:

Photo by Mama Butterfly

Photo by Mama Butterfly

Mama’s photo of the Supermoon after the second show:

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Kemah Boardwalk/Aquarium 6.25

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Oh, Texas.

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First off: Mama Butterfly is here! Craig picked her up, and they arrived at the apartment just after I got back from teaching my last class. We all had a big, delicious dinner and got caught up and looked at old photos Mama brought. 🙂

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Dress rehearsal for Show #1 was this morning (the recital is split into two performances, with the youngest kids dancing in the first and the older kids dancing in the second). We started around nine-thirty and ended at quarter to two. Most of that time was spent rehearsing the intermediate and advanced ballet dances and the advanced lyrical dance (those three levels are performing both shows). All my little primary classes did a great job, their dances went off without a hitch, and there were no disasters.

(…and now that I think about it, maybe it went a little *too* well. I know a bad dress rehearsal can make for a great show; but I also know it works the other way too. Uh oh.)

Anyway, one of the advanced students assists with a primary class. That class happened to be dancing right after the two upper-level ballets, and they had to wait backstage for a long time. But in that time (and they were back there a good 20, 30 minutes) they sat still and watched the “big dancers” with rapt attention. They barely made a peep, save for a few excited whispers of “There’s Miss Suzy!” when they saw their helper dancing in the front row. It was very sweet.

One of my primary classes closes the show with their tap routine. They have a cute dance and brightly colored costumes, and I think it will be a nice end to the show.

We’re leaving in an hour for the performance (which is way out in the country, in a town I didn’t know existed until a few months ago), then tomorrow we’ll do it all again for Show #2!

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