I was so excited to take Derek and Trent to Kerry park last night. It was a clear night and I knew the view would be amazing. I had my tripod with me and was looking forward to taking this picture. I love this city.
Trent is missing most of his top teeth right now. And, of course, this picture below is missing someone important- my daughter. She was riding her horse and chasing giant mice around a stage while the rest of us took in the views and waited for her. Trent has had his parents to himself a lot over the past few months. I asked him the other day if he felt like an only child. He just grinned and said, "yup!"
Here is a custom that I believe must be unique to ballet....collecting old sweaty shoes. The children of the Nutcracker have a lot of waiting around to do while they're back stage. Sometimes, with that time, they write fan letters to their favorite dancers in the company, in the hope of receiving a signed pointe shoe in return. The shoes are then delivered to the younger dancers. These are precious, highly treasured mementos.