It's just 2 weeks away! If you're in the area, we hope you can make it!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
This year, for the first time, I choreographed and taught an entire dance to other class members. I've done smaller dances before for me and my three younger sisters... but this one was for 9 girls (including me), two dads, and a brother. I also helped with the choreography for another dance. Along the way, there were unexpected challenges and equally unexpected rewards. For instance, I have learned that:
- Nine girls in a very small room makes it very hard for everyone to focus, but...
- Even when nothing seems to be going right, God gives me the patience and grace to keep my head. Which is a miracle in itself.
- It's easier to teach people in twos and threes than all at once.
- The things I thought would be easy for everyone to understand were hard, and the things I thought would be challenging were mastered quickly.
- No matter what they say and do while I'm teaching the dance, there are girls who care as much as I do about learning it well ... and it shows!
- If you dance outside in bare feet on a cold day, you can't feel the ants when they bite you.
- I can't teach a dance and answer costume questions at the same time.
- I wish that, in the past, I hadn't asked Anna costume questions while she was teaching a dance.
- If you're not going to write down your choreography, you'd better practice it OFTEN, or you will forget it by the time you have to teach it and, therefore, will have to make it up on the fly.
- The device that plays music from a disc is called a "CD player," not a "boom box." And it is a very important device!
- When asking people to play the part of Adam and Eve, be sure to specify what they're wearing up front. =) (Which, by the way, is a tan tunic with tan pants or a tan skirt.)
- Having a former gymnast who can do handsprings is helpful when choreographing the fish in Creation. (Don't ask, just come and see!)
- When there's no one else around to video the dance for the girls to practice with, a 6-year old can run a camera just fine!
- Seeing everything come together, despite all the train wrecks in practice, sends chills down my spine.
- Hearing your sister say that she didn't like the song that much initially, but now she likes it because of the way the dance interprets it, is one of the highest praises.
- If this dance really does come together, all glory goes to the God who gave me the creativity, energy, peace, patience, and wisdom to choreograph and teach it. And to the God who took the little I could do and brought it all together.
A few weeks ago, several lovely ladies helped out with the sewing, gluing, and tying of costumes. When the tulle and satin settled, we were much closer to finished costumes. And we had fun along the way!
|Poor Katie got assigned the thousands of tutu scrunchies. She faithfully tied strips of tulle ribbon onto hair ties for hours!|
|The first shot at the lion's mane was WAY too long and poofy. But it sure made for a glamorous Statue of Liberty!|
Seeing a costume all together makes everything worth it!
Monday, November 5, 2012
|Ballet III (green)|
|Ballet I (royal blue)|
|Ballet IV (2-day students) - I always forget how MANY there are in this class! :)|
|Ballet IV-B (maroon)|
|Ballet II-A (purple) - these girls keep me laughing!|
|Ballet IV-A (cream)|