Anyone who has a daughter - or son - with a passion for performing arts understands the energy, dedication, aching feet, tears, exhaustion and adrenalin.... and then there were Alice's issues to cope with - ha. The past two weeks have revolved around the production and performance of Sleeping Beauty. I help with costumes and work backstage until the last performance, which I then enjoy with dh and my son and other friends and family. I could fill pages with the delight, pride and amazement at my daughter's growth, both as a dancer and a young lady. Quite simply, she blew me away.
This was her second performance en pointe and her grace and poise were stunning. These photos were taken at dress rehearsal by one of my best friends, who also happens to be a commercial photographer. I just finished writing the introduction for Jeff's second book of panoramic photographs, Kentucky Wide II. So, I haven't spent much time in the Altered Attic. But it has been worth every moment, especially due to the fact that, in addition to dancing the role of Lilac Attendant with the rest of her group, she had her first solo role.
I still haven't figured out why Little Red Riding Hood attends the wedding of Sleeping Beauty and the Prince, along with Puss and Boots and several other special guests, but this choreography was taken directly from the classical ballet, so, who am I to question?! She was quite nervous about dancing on stage solo, but we were all pleasantly surprised to find out that, in addition to dancing, she also shows great promise as an actress. (the drama at home should have been a clue).