Starting Ballet [Ordinary Days]


For a while Emily has been talking about ballet, I say for a while I literally mean since she was about two. She has always shown a real interest in singing, dancing and anything theatrical. I'm sure that she is going to be a professional dancer or actress. I looked into ballet lessons a while back, but she wasn't quite old enough, and the location of the ballet class was really far away.

When I looked again this time, I found a class that is literally a 5-minute walk, making it perfect for us. I mentioned it again to Emily, to see if she was still interested and she couldn't wait to go. Every day for a week she asked if it was ballet day. Finally 'ballet day' came along, and I was a little apprehensive, not for her because I knew that she would do amazing, She is so full of confidence - I'm sure that she could make a conversation with a wall if she really tried. Anyway, I'm going off topic. I was apprehensive because it meant that I had to leave her, well I can wait outside, but she's going to be in the room by herself, and that was just a little bit of a trigger for my anxiety. Knowing that it was what she wanted I pushed myself, and booked her in for her taster session.


I'm so glad that I booked it for her as she absolutely loved it. She had to borrow some ballet shoes for her taster session and her teacher came out to collect the children, introduced herself to Emily, and asked if she would like to come do ballet. Emily took hold of her hand and walked off with her. She didn't even look back for reassurance, ask if it was ok, or call out for me. She just wandered off with the biggest smile on her face. A smile that I will never forget, she was absolutely beaming. She did her lesson, and I took a little sneak through the window and could see the pure happiness on her face.

Once her lesson finished, and her teacher brought her out, she told me Emily did amazingly and she had a real natural talent, she said goodbye to Emily, and in that moment Emily burst into tears. Not just a little cry, but a full on can't breathe properly sob. When I asked her what was wrong, she simply replied, 'I don't want to go home, I want to do more ballet'. She literally melted my heart, and I knew that she would love going to ballet again. After a little conversation later on when she got home, I asked her if she wanted to go back, knowing full well the answer would be yes, and of course, she said yes.

So I signed her up for a term, brought all her uniform and she is absolutely loving it. She is constantly watching her favourite film 'ballerina', and practices 'good toes, naughty toes' constantly. She wants to wear her ballet shoes and tutu at home all time. Whenever she wakes up in the morning she asks if it's ballet day. She absolutely loves it, it was the best reaction I could have possibly asked for. I'm so proud of her for going in without me and enjoying it. She's so full of confidence and I know that she is going to continue loving ballet. My little ballerina.

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