Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Little Ballerinas




"In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength." ~ Martha Graham





 
 
My little ballerinas made me so proud this year! Mary Ashley has developed into such a graceful little fairy. Watching her float across the stage brings a tear to my eye!
 


The girls have always been in class together, but this year Mary Ashley moved up to a class of older girls. She has grown so much, and Emma has become more independent as well.





My dainty girl.



Older brother Carson was so impressed with Mary Ashley's performance that after the show he observed that Mary might be a real ballerina one day. I passed on the compliment, thinking she would be pleased to hear her brother's praise, but her countenance darkened as she said, "But I am already a real ballerina!"




If Mary Ashley is a real ballerina, then Emma is a real cutie pie. Here she is in the opening number, a parade through the audience.




Emma's class performed "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid.



The girls looked like little dolls onstage.



The older girls did more songs than Emma's group. Mary Ashley's favorite number was "Dynamite."



A sassy tap number.



We did it!



Joe is recovering from surgery, so he allowed his father to present the girls their flowers at the end of the show. Mary Ashley is pleased to receive congratulations from Pop.



And Emma offers a bashful smile in return for a hug. I am so proud of my sweet girls and appreciative of their opportunity to develop poise and grace in ballet class with Miss Gigi.




"To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful." ~ Agnes De Mille

12 comments:

Valerie said...

So sweet and beautiful. And what I appreciated most (from the photos) were the age-appropriate costumes that your daughters' dance instructor chooses. I carefully selected Mary Catherine's new dance studio based not only on performance techniques that I observed, but also on what the costumes revealed...or didn't! We are a very conservative Christian family and I have been working hard to impress upon my children that we are not only Catholic on Sundays...but everyday...in every way! I see that same message shine thru in your children! Such a refreshing point of view, don't you think?!!! Let's let our little girls be ballerinas and not grown-up divas.

Blessings to you,
Valerie

Melissa Lester said...

Yes, Valerie, I wholeheartedly agree. I appreciate that Gigi's instruction and choreography are sweet and wholesome. It gives me peace of mind to know I can trust her guidance and influence. It sounds like you have the same good situation. Our girls are blessed!

Rach said...

Just adorable and looks like so much fun!

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

wow they are gorgeous little girls and you must be so proud of their performance!, Sally x

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

wow they are gorgeous little girls and you must be so proud of their performance!, Sally x

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

wow they are gorgeous little girls and you must be so proud of their performance!, Sally x

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

wow they are gorgeous little girls and you must be so proud of their performance!, Sally x

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

wow they are gorgeous little girls and you must be so proud of their performance!, Sally x

Nancy said...

Oh Melissa, I got choked up just remembering my Jenny. Your daughters are beautiful and will continue to bring you such joy and happiness. Our Jen is 32 (still cannot believe it) and she'll always be our babygirl :)

Anonymous said...

Precious pictures.

Debbi

Becky W said...

LOVE - especially the last one of Emma. I can't believe how big the girls have gotten! I know you are so proud!

Cornwelllhwj said...

wow they are gorgeous little girls and you must be so proud of their performance!, Sally x

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