The ballet school performance is over, and it was lovely. For two weeks now, she'll get a well deserved break. Then she'll really get to work. 9-5 every day, a full time job of ballet training. It will be intense, but this is what she wants. I read a review about her school performance on Crosscut. It said, "In the course of an hour or so you experience the birth of a dancer, see the art of ballet evolve from literal baby-steps to virtual flight."
She is just starting to fly. Yesterday, my friend Kat, who writes at Seeking Sanity, wrote about her own tiny ballerina, also named Grace, who's taking those first baby steps- and I got all teary as I looked at her adorable pictures and remembered my Grace at that age. Sometimes this journey, which has taken many years, feels like it has gone by in the course of an hour, and I miss my tiny ballerina. Other times, the years it has taken to get here do seem very long- and it makes me appreciate, all the more, those who have made it, who soar in this beautiful art form.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from my dance board on Pinterest.
credit: Alina Somova for Vogue
credit: Collette Dinnegan for the Australian National Ballet