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PNB's Coppelia

Grace and I went to see PNB's Coppelia yesterday.  What a treat!  It was a beautiful confection of glitter and tulle, spinning, leaping, flying....perfection.  Rachel Foster and Benjamin Griffiths danced the roles of Swanilda and Franz, and they were amazing.  The costumes you see in these pictures aren't from Coppelia though- these were displayed in the lobby, and they're from Cinderella.  I love seeing them up close, such artistry.

Look at Grace here, she's nearly as tall as I am!  And notice, I'm wearing heels, she's not.

This picture below is of Grace and her friend K.  I love the story of their friendship.  They danced together at their studio in Wenatchee, starting when they were three until Grace moved at age ten.  Then last summer, at PNB's summer course, they met again when they found themselves in the same class.  K still lives in Wenatchee but her mother brought her to Seattle for the summer course (not a short drive, some real dedication).  Since then, the girls have kept in contact and we frequently see them at ballet performances.  Yesterday, we ended up with seats right next to K and her mother.  None of these chance meetings are ever planned.  It's just one of those friendships that was meant to be, no matter the miles between them.

Of course, the photo below is not my own, but I wanted to show you because it's one of my favorites. Gorgeous, right?!

Lesley Rausch & Jerome Tisserand. ©Angela Sterling Photography

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Reader Comments (9)

That is so special about their friendship. Coincidently, tonight, we are seeing Coppelia the School of Ballet A puts it on with level 1 through 7. My daughter is one of the many small dolls.

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

Su, how fun! Have a great time tonight. Those little dolls are adorable. A seems perfect for that role. : )

June 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

you and your daugther are just beautiful.

btw, oops, I did it again - I finally found my way back to blogging again - back in my old place.

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

I have no sympathy for you regarding your tall daughter - mine has long been taller than me. Of course hopefully Grace doesn't grow too tall, considering she is a ballerina.

Those costumes are like art indeed. And I love, love, love that last photo. It's like a dream of romance, it's so very beautiful. Ballet really is something special, even if you know what goes on behind the scenes - even if you know those extras watching the principals dance are thinking, "hmm, stew or fish for dinner tonight?" and "I'm sure I turned the iron off when I left home this morning."

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Everyone should have a friend like K. I hope Grace and K continue to run into each other and pick up right where they left off for years to come. Those costumes! The red is especially stunning. I'd comment further but I need to wipe the drool off my keyboard.

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

They make it look so easy - as if they weigh nothing at all - the pointe - the tulle - lovely. And knowing what unpins it all, the more magic. And how wonderful that they ended up in the seats next to you! But I think the most striking thing about this piece was this: after all the workmanship and elegance of the costumes, the shot of you two standing in your normal modern clothes, and looking absolutely like princesses. I smiled. I am still smiling.

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Denise- Thank you. So happy to hear this about your blog! I'm off to go and check it out. : )

Sarah- She's now too tall for the children's roles. Thankfully PNB is known for having tall dancers, because I think she's going to be somewhat tall.

Tara- So glad you liked those pictures of the costumes. I thought of you when I included them with this post. ; )

Kristen- Thank you. You are so sweet. I love any excuse to dress up! My daughter, not so much. I had to talk her into it.

June 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Those costumes are gorgeous. And all of you girls - look so beautiful and graceful!!

Love friendships that stay no matter the distance. You look lovely Dawn, glad you guys had such a great time!

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentererin

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