Have you ever just looked at your child and kind of known what their strengths are and what they’d naturally be good at? From very small, Iraina has always danced – around the house, in a restaurant, in a car park – anywhere where there’s even a smidgen of space – you would be able to find her twirling or hip hopping to some rhythm in her head. Because of that, we put her into ballet as soon as she was old enough, as a strong basis for a lot of dance skills. Plus, she has a really straight back or posture that not many kids have.
Anyway, she has been doing this for a few years and this past year during lockdown her ballet teacher really was amazing and encouraged the girls to do an exam in that year. (the year being 2020) so I think I have a few pics of when they did that.
This year, she encouraged them to do it again and on a shorter time line – no pressure, right? but because her dance teacher is so encouraging and has an amazing relationship with her students, she knew they could all do it.
So Iraina did her grade 5 Ballet exam in the month of June this year. With all Covid protocols in place, we were allowed (as parents) to come into the classes and view the work that they had accomplished in these last few months. What a joy to witness and record. There are moments in life where pride just wells up in you as a parent – not because they’re the best or because they’re top – but because our child is doing something she loves and is striving to do her best and it shows – I say this considering the fact that she has really been working at getting her feet strong. Yes, she hasn’t been completely on top of doing her exercises but when the time comes for her to do what she needs to do, she steps up and is able to execute the task without complaining or trying to opt out.
We haven’t received any results or anything, but I wanted to keep a small record of this stage in her life and keep the images for safe keeping for her to reflect on in the years to come.