Our grandkids love to dance. ViMae will tell you she wants to be a ballerina, and she can show you her best moves and her several tutus. She wanted to take classes, but around here you have to be four to enroll. So in the meantime, she twirls and spins and practices raising her leg to there. Augie joins in by grabbing her arm and swinging her around until one or both fall down. Then they laugh and do it again.
We explained that the music was first written for a ballet, and the kids
said they'd like to see it. Cue another great opportunity. A local
dance school was presenting a 20-minute version of Act 2 of The Nutcracker
at Rosedale Mall on Wednesday evenings before Christmas.
We met the kids and their parents for dinner and then found the
performance just as it began. The kids made a beeline for chairs up
front and watched every step. This was no virtuoso performance, but it
was up close and lively, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.
On Christmas morning at their house, The Nutcracker was playing as they opened gifts, and again they danced. Look at that picture of Augie, wearing his elf hat and red pajamas, dancing like the "action elf" he claims to be.
It will be some time before they are old enough to sit through a full-length performance, but a Christmas Nutcracker is definitely in their futures.