Last night was the annual talent show at our dance school. This year was lovely because 3 of the 4 girls were in it (and the 4th decided she really missed being in it so is going back to rejoin in the new year). Fran is now one of the ‘big girls’ there; it is really quite strange to see her being pulled in to star in a dance at the last minute to cover for a drop out and performing it perfectly after one rehearsal. It’s peculiar to be used enough to watching her perform to not get terrible nerves on her behalf.
She danced in the talent show to a Braveheart song; I didn’t video it and I wish I had because it was gorgeous, if not quite as dramatic as the year before. And she is finally really learning to perform to her audience and put some drama into it all, telling a story with her choreography. It’s good to see. She was fairly beaten though (and by an audience vote not a judge, which I completely approved of) and I was really proud of her for her response to that.
“I was under rehearsed and half way through I forgot what I was doing and winged it. You shouldn’t win on a dance you have to start improvising on stage.”
I think that tells me a few things.
One is she learned a lesson.
Two is that she’s bloody good at improvising!
Three is that you can do a lot worse than raise a child who is honest about herself and generous of heart.
She’s almost at the point now where she will have to decide whether she wants to try making dancing her career path. It’s going to be interesting to see what she does with it.
Josie and Amelie also took part in the show as part of an acro dance that all 3 were in. It’s hard to pick out Amelie and Fran in a big group now (especially as I forgot my glasses!) but Josie was half the size of the rest and did the most phenomenal amount of gym in it. I was really proud of her as she was not confident it was going to be okay. Amelie did a great job of partnering her and keeping her in the right place.
I’ll get Fran to send me a photo of them all in costume.
Do love her with pretty hair.