Papillon's First Ballet Class

Papillon has been obsessed with dancing for some time now. Partially because of watching Angelina Ballerina, I am sure. But it is proving to be more than just a passing phase.

Back in August she started taking a ballet class once a week. It was more of an "intro to movement class".  But she did get to wear a leotard, so it was close enough to ballet.

The first week she cried and clung to me for the first half of the class. But I did manage to sneak out before the end of the class.  And the next week, with only slight trepidation, she went in by herself.

After that, parents are not allowed in the class, so she had to do it on her own, or not do it at all.  There were 2 weeks in the middle where she suddenly didn't want to go. But she muddle through that as well.

We learned halfway through the class, from one of her teachers, that Papillon mostly watched the goings ons. Happily. But she didn't really participate much.  Of course, that's our little Papillon, the contented observer.

The final week of class we got to go in and watch.  And yes, she mostly watched. But she watched with a smile on her face. And she definitely shows off what she learns in class when she is at home. So I'd call that a success!

Yes...dancing solo for all to watch...that didn't happen!

Obediently standing on a dot, waiting for the music.

Papillon, her teachers and a few classmates.

We decided to take the spring semester off. But we intend to resume ballet class in the fall when she'll be in the 4 year old class and learn some official ballet positions.

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