Monday, January 19, 2015

Picture Day For Ballet Folklórico

















Maria was even happier to be in ballet folklórico when her friend, Nathalie, joined, too.

Maria loves to dance, {You may have noticed!} but it's been a long time since she's had a class. Last spring, at her school, there was a demonstration for a new class, ballet folklórico, that would be taught in the fall, and Maria was utterly enchanted with the prospect. They meet once a week, and what with breaks and holidays, she's had only four lessons, but the teacher is good, and the students are enthused, so they've made good progress. This day was for pictures, and a first chance for many, like Maria, to try on the traditional dresses and suits. Maria wore the blouse and heavy skirt, with many ribbons for Jalisco. I am thankful to have made a friend, too... another mother who is experienced with the traditions, and expectations, like gelling that hair way back! There are more things to learn, for Maria, and for me, and so far it's fun. And beautiful. The dresses, the ribbons, the music and steps... it's pretty, romantic, and touching to see young girls standing confidently, learning about themselves. Twirling was irresistible. And for me, taking lots and lots of pictures was irresistible. Pictures for the abuelas and tias, and tios, too... I am excited to share these happy moments. And when I get the date for their first performance, I will be sure and tell those doting grandmothers to mark their calendars! Va ver baile!

7 comments:

  1. Dancing plus flouncy dresses plus hair and makeup, too? Irresistible, indeed!

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    1. You DO understand.
      The skirt was so large, we had it tied around her chest... right up under arms!
      But that didn't stop the twirling... not a bit!

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful! The twirling! I hope to see videos of her dancing. She will be glorious.

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    1. Video... I really do need to figure that bit out!

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    2. Practice the videos at home and keep them short, like less than a minute. They take FOREVER to load. Did you make her dress? It's gorgeous.

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  3. She's growing up so fast! She's so cute, love her spinning in the dress!

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  4. Great pictures, Natalie. I'm happy to hear that I didn't actually miss a performance. Maria looks so beautiful and composed, even while she is twirling away--that's kind of how she lives her life, isn't it? Love it! Tutu

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