The school year is winding down, and taking with it the dance year as well. It's been a fun year, full of lots of challenges, and lots of triumphs as well.
This year, Tessa had a goal to be able to do an aerial anywhere, any time. She pretty much has that nailed and is now starting on doing aerials on her "bad" side (or her non-dominate side), and is also working on a front aerial. It's amazing what you can do, once you put your mind to it!
Last month, we went to an out of town dance competition. We went over the night before, so that we wouldn't have to get up and on the road so early to be on time for our dances. That night, Tessa and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few snacks to tide us through the day, so we wouldn't have to buy anything there. We went to a store that had concrete floors; very shiny concrete floors. Tessa had on her high boots, which have slippery bottoms. As I was putting something in the cart, I saw a flash to the side of me. When I turned to look, there she was, doing aerials down the aisle. Her life flashed before my eyes, and I thought, she's going to die, either from doing aerials in those boots, on this floor, or from me killing her for doing aerials in those boots, on this floor. But there she was, all the way down the aisle.
She has also been working on her personality while dancing. I don't think that most people understand how hard it is to look like you are absolutely loving every minute of your dance, even while you are executing moves that normal bodies are not supposed to do. It's hard, people! And so Tessa has been working on that too, and I think she is getting better at it.
I will say, that it has been great having Lilly as her teacher this year, because then I get the real scoop on what's going on in class, not just what Tessa has to tell me.... :) Tess still isn't great at taking direction from Lilly, but she also wasn't awful about it either. And now Lilly is leaving anyway, so we will have to muddle through the rest of the year without her! Yikes!!
Tess has gained a better appreciation for ballet this year. In past years, it seemed boring to her, but this year she has appreciated how much control it takes to hold poses while your feet are moving you, and look graceful while it happens.
We took on a new challenge of hip hop this year. Tess has loved that, and the girls have rocked it! I keep showing her video after video of hip hop moves, so she can get the sense of the control, while also being loose. It's a fine line, people.
We are one month shy of recital, and six weeks off from Team Dance Nationals. I can't believe how fast it's gone!