Sunday, 11 May 2014

Showtime!

Dorothy's best friends are excited about this weekend when they dance with their Dance Academy of at the town theatre in their Annual "Big Show". This year the show is celebrating a hundred years of music with dances from 1914 to the present day. 

They have had several dances to learn for the show which this year is raising money for a local charity which supports children recovering from cancer.



Dorothy's friends have been dancing since they were only two and a half, tap, modern and ballet.

Dancing lessons are a great way to keep fit, supple and have a lot of fun! Shows are wonderful to participate in, most schools have an annual show of some kind and many put their students through exams at regular intervals.  It's great dressing up and pretending to be someone/something else, and using your body to show who or what you are through dance is fun.

What do you wear?
Dancing shoes and clothes can be quite expensive, but you can often pick things up second hand - ask your parents to have a look on eBay! Shoes should not be too big, especially ballet and jazz shoes which should fit snuggly - so don't buy shoes with lots of growing room.

Most ballet dancers wear a leotard, which may or may not have a skirt attached (or separate). There are different ballet schools and each have their own set uniform. Tutus are usually for performances only. Dancers wear their hair away from their face, usually in a bun. 




Where to start
Check out your local area for dancing schools near you -many will have the opportunity to have a "taster" session to see if you like it. 

There is nothing like the satisfaction you get from finishing an End of Year Sow - when all your hard work pays off!



27 comments:

  1. What a lovely post! My 5 year old absolutely loves ballet - she's also been doing it since she was two and a half. Love all of the photos - it's such a fun thing to do at this age.

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  2. Sounds like great fun and your friends look great! I used to love this sort of thing when I was young.

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  3. I can see my little Isabella being a dancer :-) sounds like a lot of fun x

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  4. Lovely post. My little girl is only one but I'm sure she's going to love doing dance classes. Your LO's really look like they are enjoying themselves.

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  5. Awww I miss the days of my daughter doing dance shows when she was a tiny tot - now she is 17, taller than me, and I couldnt persuade her into a pretty dress without parting with a lot of cash!

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  6. oh i used to love dancing. i never did ballet or any special classes because we couldn't afford it, but in school we had a dance club and learned how to waltz, foxtrot and all that :)

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  7. beautiful photos, sounds brilliant xx

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  8. It looks like a fantastic end of year show and what a great charity to be supporting.

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  9. Looks like an amazing show and how brilliant to be so involved in dance

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  10. i need to remember that and that some schools offer taster session for our little one, i loved my dancing lessons when i was a kid it was both socialising and keeping fit for me

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  11. Looks like Dorothy's best friends love their hobby! Seren would love dancing lessons, unfortunately the local class closed recently.

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  12. aw wow i love her little purple tutu, looks adorable x

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  13. Ah thet look so cute, it's great that they have such an active hobby x

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  14. I used to love the dancing shows me and my sister used to do when we were younger - dancing is just a fab activity for children.

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  15. I really wanted my little girl to dance but she really just wasnt interested - I'd love for her to have something like this x x

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  16. I did ballet from little up until a teen and went to a stage school. Elle did it for a year at age three before deciding she wanted to do gymnastics instead but still loves putting on little ballet shows at home x

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  17. I'd love for my girls to do ballet classes but sadly they are much to expensive

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  18. lovely post! MY five year old really wants to go to ballet!

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  19. What a fantastic cause and such a lovely event. It looks like the show was fantastic - huge applause from our household all all involved :-)

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  20. What lovely pictures, I bet the show was brilliant! Well done Dorothy and friends!

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  21. Wow little professional ballerina, love her cute tutu dress! I always wanted to do ballet as a kid :)

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  22. They are just adorable - Eliza has started asking about dance lessons, she would love this

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  23. Dancing is a great thing for kids to do. It looks like they are enjoying it. My girls have just asked to start ballet, I need to find them a class.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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  24. Ella's school run dance classes as an after school club and she loved it last year. She decided to do football this year instead but is always dancing round the living room pretending to be a ballerina!

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  25. One of my frustrations! I always wanted to be a dancer! Shes got the stand of a dancer already! Look at how graceful her hands are =) #LetKidsBeKids

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  26. This is next on the list for my little girl, I'd like to get her started with dance classes! #LetKidsBeKids

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  27. wow how wonderful to be able to dance! lovely pictures! x

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Thank you for commenting!
Dorothy xx