The Ordinary Moments #3 – Watching Week
I’ve been doing a mini blog series with the children as we are in the middle of 18 days holiday with the girls. 18 whole days with my big blended family, and I am loving it. If you want to follow our series it’s called ’18 Days of Summer’ the most recent post is here. As we’ve been documenting EVERYTHING that has been happening in the week, my Ordinary Moments post this week is a throwback to the girls final week at dance before breaking up for the Summer.
The girls absolutely love their dancing lessons, and it’s a good job really because when I was on maternity and James was studying it seemed to cost the earth. They both do ballet, tap and modern, and they are really good at it. Going to watch them in their recent production was one of our proudest moments as parents. Obviously, we may be a bit biased but we felt that they stood out in their respective dance numbers as they usually had the most pointed toes and biggest smiles. Also, they both have spindly legs but it was more the toes and smiles thing *winks.*
At the end of every term they have a week ‘watching week’ where parents can sit in on the classes and see where the children are up to. This was the first one since Christmas due to the show and it was lovely to see how far the girls had come.
It’s amazing to think that Shayla has been there nearly 3 years and she is still only 4. She’ll be 5 in September, we didn’t send her to dance lessons before she could walk (pushy mother alert). I love seeing how confident it has made the girls and has been one of our greatest investments into them, not just financial but the time commitments. When they were rehearsing for the show they would be at the Dance Academy for 6 hours EVERY Saturday, when this is the only real day we got to spend with them, this season was hard. We missed them, but knew that it only comes round once every 3 years and it would be an amazing opportunity for them to perform to show standard on a big stage. They loved it!!!
We’re going into a season of exams now as again, due to the show, exams were put on hold. Both girls have progressed so well, and the Dance Academy principle has told Isis that she is ready to do an exam in each genre in this autumn term coming up. Exams are another huge time commitment, they have to attend coaching classes in addition to their Saturday regular classes for each exam they’re taking. We as parents have to attend too, take notes and make sure we practice with them at home (they get a CD with the exam music on to take home). It’s an interesting time for finances too, as each exam can be between £60-£70 each, with the coaching classes, CD’s, and the exam cost, not to mention any new uniforms they may need as they need to be pristine for the exam itself.