Ballerinas

The school year has come to a close and amongst all the end of school pot luck dinners, picnics and fun days, the girls took part in a ballet demonstration. They started ballet earlier this year. Edie had been desperate to start as soon as we moved here but as the school year was already well underway, most ballet schools weren’t taking any new students until the start of the next school year. Fortunately we found a newly established school that was willing to take students at any time throughout the year.

Skip two three four...
Skip two three four…

The ballet school they are attending teaches the Cecchetti method of dance. I have to admit to having had no idea that there were different types of ballet one could learn. Cecchetti ballet was devised in the nineteenth century by ballet master Enrico Cecchetti. His instruction can be traced in a direct line all the way back to the first ballet master at the court of Louis XIV of France.

and point that toe...
and point that toe…

Cecchetti has a particular focus on anatomy and involves lots of stretches and posture exercises. To be honest, I thought it might be all a bit too disciplined for the girls – especially Edie – but they both love it. Once those fluffy white skirts were on – that was it!

keep that back straight...
keep that back straight…
floating through the air on my fluffy skirt...
floating through the air on my fluffy skirt…

Like every ballet recital I have ever attended, it went on way too long, but the girls loved being up on a big stage in the university theatre and Richard and I were very proud of the girls’ efforts.

plie...I think!...
plie…I think!…
here come the gallops...
here come the gallops…

Their teacher, Miss Lorenza, is from Florence and having been to Italy, the girls feel they have a special connection with her. 🙂

butter wouldn't melt...
butter wouldn’t melt…
beautiful ballet fingers...
beautiful ballet fingers…

We are three days into summer vacation and the water slide in the back garden is taking a bit of a hammering! I’ll keep you up to date on all the things we’ll be getting up to – only eight or so weeks to go 🙂

Take care, and all those in the Antipodes – stay warm!

xxx