After the piano recital the first weekend of June, the school year flows quickly downhill to the end. June 9-10, we had dance recital rehearsals. They are marathon 4-hour events in which each darling group of dancers performs no fewer than 2 times. Even if it's perfect, it helps everyone to do their dance in the actual performance space so they know just what's going on. This year, the dance school performed their version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They tweak the story to fit a dance recital, then they fill in with lots of little acts. This year, there were lots of candies. Punkin's ballet class was bubblegum (they danced with Violet Beauregard and tried to keep the famous gum away from her) and her tap class was Peppermints. The factory was filled with cotton candy, gummi bears, gumdrops, white truffles, nutcrackers (?). . .and peppermints. Veruca wanted one of each, and threw a terrific tempertantrum (especially effective stomping in pointe shoes!) when "daddy" said she couldn't have them.
After 2 grueling rehearsals, the 2 shows this weekend went by remarkably quickly. When the first act was done after 1/2 hour, I turned to the Beard and we both were surprised to see that 1.5 hours of rehearsal turned into a finely-tuned 1/2 show. The dance studio always puts on a great show. There are 6 shows, actually, with different classes performing each night. I especially enjoy watching the younger dancers and trying to figure out how old they are by watching what dance moves they learned this year: "step-close-step-point"--that's first grade! And the very youngest dancers have 5-6 grade helpers. Punkin desperately wanted to be a helper this year. She was very disappointed not to have been chosen, but was bravely able to support her best friend who was chosen. Drama! Here it comes!
I have to go pick up Punkin from school now. This is her last week of elementary school, and next year she'll be taking the bus. I'm elated and sad, all at once.