Because over sixty of the studio's students were involved in various holiday productions around town, Ms. Diane decided to eschew the Holiday Recital this year. Instead, she choreographed their classes around a holiday theme.
Bella tapped happily with tambourines and maracas to a semi frantic holiday samba alongside her favorite partner, Charlie. He's the little boy who does his best to ignore all of the girls in pink leotards. I don't blame him. I would ignore their frothy, little, over excited presence as well, if I were a four year old boy.
And then it was Kata's turn. They stretched carefully catching snowflakes on their noses.
And did an interpretation of the Spanish Dance from the Nutcracker.
And then a lovely candy cane inspired dance...
Which ended in professional curtsies for the audience.
What's not to love about a well thought out ballet class? After all it is a chance to practice our Échappés.
Échappé - noun, plural é⋅chap⋅pés; Fr. [ey-sha-peyz, ey-shap-eyz; Fr. ey-sha-pey] ptp of échapper - to escape. A ballet movement in which the dancer jumps from the fifth position and lands on the toes or the balls of the feet in the second position.
It's Kata's favorite ballet move and I have to admit a love of the word's origin - to escape. We all need to practice Échappés in our life and I for one promise this time, that I will practice what I suggest...whether it's in dance or in song or in attitude...I promise, I will escape for a little while today. You should, too. Go...do it...Échappé!