Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Dance Concert

The girls had their big end of year dancing concert on the weekend.  The excitement was palpable in our house for many days leading up to it.

They were in two numbers, the first was a free-form jazz routine, set to the Chipmunks rendition of Shake Your Groove Thing. Epic. And the second was a very tasteful ballet movement, set to Can You Feel The Love Tonight? Not the Elton John version, but the actual Lion King characters version. Timon and Pumbaa. Amazing stuff.

The girls were great, and very cute. Little e was very focused, and one of the better ones in the troupe. Little i was less focused, and a bit less sure of her 'chorry'. She did a fair bit of standing around watching. There was a sweet little moment though, when she was wandering about the stage a bit aimlessly, and her big sister came and found her, and took her by the hand. It made me happy.

I'm not sure exactly how long the concert was, but I'd hazard a guess at around 17-19 hours maybe?  The kindy boys who did a dance in the first half had reached puberty by the time they got to dance again in the second half .  You know a concert is going to be a major time investment when it is long enough to warrant an interval.

Soon after the girls did their first number, a wave of sleepiness washed over me, as yet another group of Somebody Elses' Kids started moving about to A Whole New World, the theme from Aladdin. I thought, well what the heck, I may as well settle down for a bit of a kip. I'm never going to see any of these people again, what'll it matter if they see me dozing? But just then, as I was right on the verge, as if to answer me with a stern reprimand, Peabo Bryson sung .."don't you DARE close your eyes", and I was suddenly startled awake again.

It was chilling, as though Peabo was talking to me, looking right into my soul.

1 comment:

Libby said...

You're a good man Ben. My Dad did it for many years. My Pop promised he would come when I was 13 (no doubt thinking I would have stopped by then) and had to come along with Nan promising to elbow him in the ribs so that he didn't fall asleep like he was prone to. I loved that they all came. e and i will remember that more than the dance numbers I'd say.