Lil D is a dancer. She loves to dance to anything with a fast beat (especially Billy Joel), can’t resist the glitz of Strictly and has even taught herself to Irish dance by watching Youtube videos!
We’ve been waiting patiently for the day when we could bring her to her first ballet. Waiting, so she was old enough to know not to talk loudly through the performance, but still young enough that the thrill of staying up late was new and exciting! Lil D’s mama came too, so we all got to make memories (and share responsibility for an exhausted child in school the next day!)
We dressed in pretty dresses, had a pleasant dinner in Pizza Express (though it was a bit slow to get to the table) and made our way to see The Sleeping Beauty. The only cloud on the horizon- would our Lil D becoming a Sleeping Beauty before the show was done? A 9.30pm finish on a school night…eek, but school isn’t the only form of education!
And the show was charming. The Sleeping Beauty is a good entry level for kids. They know the story so don’t feel lost among all the dancing. We were pleased to see several other little ones at the performance enjoying themselves. In fact, it may have been the adults who were tempted to be less well behaved (in our party at least). The fairy Carabosse was played like a panto dame, and the temptation to boo was strong.
Interval reaction was good. Lil D decided she would like to be the queen, because she doesn’t do much, and the king was a bit dramatic (‘a drama king’ in her own words). The second act produced some audible sighs from Lil D as the combination of the late night and the seemingly interminable solos from the Bluebird dancer pushed her (and us) close to breaking. But she didn’t, and a few ballet twirls in the lobby woke her up for the walk to the car.
Ah Sleeping Beauty, what a lovely evening we had.