5.24.2009

She's Got No Strings

After a year of practice strengthening her ballet and tap skills, Annelise was ready for her big performance last Sunday afternoon. This year she danced a tap routine as a precious Pinocchio. Or a Pinochioette, since she's a girl and all.

Her performance was in Act II, so she was able to sit with us until intermission. She was absolutely entranced watching all the girls from itty bitty first years, tweens, teens and even adults perform their routines. Miss Jill wanted all the costumes to be covered until they went on stage, so A. wore one of Scott's shirts. We snapped a quick self-portrait before the lights went down for Act I.

Every year the little girls have a big sister to keep them company while they wait for their turn on stage. This year A. was over the moon to have her big girl friend, Kelsey, be her big sister. A. was almost more excited about that than the actual recital.

Here is a little video of her routine for your viewing pleasure (sorry, no popcorn). There is a bit of the play before the tappin' Pinocchios come out, so please be patient.

This was her third year in dance and believe it or not, there has been much growth and improvement since her first year as a tiny little thing in a tutu. Needless to say, we were bursting with pride for our sweet little Pinocchio!

9 comments:

  1. Love the video! Love the pic! Love that little Pinocchio! :)

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  2. She's so cute! It was fun to watch this video and then to look back at her little ballerina video as well.

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  3. how very cute! she looks beautiful and really happy!

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  4. oh my gosh!

    she is the cutest thing ever! I love it-

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  5. And she is the cutest Pinocchio ever!

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  6. Thanks for posting the video! A is a natural!!! Way to go Annelise! :)

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  7. *sigh* so adorable. I used to be a dance teacher and I just adore those teeny-tiny tutus and all sweet dancers of any age.

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  8. Thanks y'all. We are hoping she will continue to enjoy dance even up through high school(I promise not to force her, but I plan to really encourage her to stay :)). Every year at the recital it's so heartwarming to see the senior girls that have been with Miss Jill for 16 years. Right after she introduces them the teeny-tiny first years toddle out in their tutus to dance, it's so sweet.

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  9. Catching up on your blog. Great performance! That was a long one to memorize and she did it all with a proud smile on her face! I was in dance for 8 years and we had a teacher like Miss Jill, too. Good childhood memories!

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