Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Prima Ballerina

For many years I have wanted to see The Nutcracker. When William was a little boy, he and I stayed up very late watching a Great Performances production of the classic ballet. We were totally engrossed with all of it. We play Tchaikovsky's music, and enjoy the artistic interpretations of the score seen in the 1940 Disney film, Fantasia. And so year after year I have been tempted to take us all to see any of the annual performances of this Christmas time fantasy ballet.

I'm glad I waited.

It was more special, and so worth the wait, because we got to see Olivia dance. And she dances with all the poise and grace of a prima ballerina. Truly. I feel so fortunate to have seen her strength, her maturity and composure, the simple pleasure of her lovely dancing.

We were all impressed. Maria was wide eyed and enchanted. Alex gave awestruck praise. William and Max agreed, seeing this production was a good choice.

As an added bonus, our traditional Christmas-season-outing with all of us and Tutu, too, got to include some time with our dear friends, Myron and Sandy. Seeing the ballet, supporting local arts and theater, dressing up, dinner out... all a sweet success.

***By the way, if you think I can't combine classical ballet and Paradox Robotics, you'd be mistaken!***

I have to mention that besides being a talented and dedicated dancer, Olivia is in 4H, she can whip up a gorgeous napkin flower, she raises bunnies and pigs, and she is the treasurer for FIRST 2102 Team Paradox, a real celebrity! Team Paradox has the most talented, busy, and skilled students around. Just sayin'.


Mimmom said...

All of your kind comments about this talented young lady (whom I do not know) made me cry!

nikkipolani said...

Wow, she sounds like Super Girl :-) And such a lovely smile there with Maria.

Sandy D. said...

Natalie, it was wonderful to have your family attend the performance. We are so proud of Olivia, I totally agree with your kind words. She gave a memorable performance and the photos are a treasure. Thank you. Peace, love and blessings to your lovely family.