Babsaroo Posted May 2, 2004 Report Share Posted May 2, 2004 Last night, the apprentices and trainees of our professional company had a performance. It was a wonderful evening of classical and modern ballet. It also provided another glimpse of the ballet world for me. One of the male apprentices works in the office when dd is taking classes. We have had the pleasure to get to know him this year. He’s not afraid to visit with the moms…and we like that. He has shared his company audition stories and like many others is in a holding pattern to see where he will be accepted. Also, a few months ago, he fractured his foot during a performance practice. He handled the fracture like a trooper. At last night’s performance, his mother and girlfriend were seated in the row in front of me. When this young man came on stage, his mom’s face beamed and as she watched him dance, the tears flowed down her face. Each dance he did, the tears continued. This dancer danced his heart out and his mother cried her heart out. You could tell that he not only loves ballet but he enjoys it. You could also see the joy and pride of his mom. I don’t think this is a martyred ballet mom. This is a mom who has supported her ds the best she could and he’s at the crossroads. She’s driven the extra miles, scheduled the extra Pilates, waited for SI letters and company letters, and many other things I’m sure. She’s done all she can in a tangible way and now emotional support (and maybe a little financial support) is all she can do. I’m on the beginning leg of this ballet journey with a young dancer. I hope that when my daughter is at her crossroads (whenever it is), I can look back and know that I have supported, not pushed my daughter….and that I too will joyfully watch my daughter dance or do whatever endeavor she loves. As I drove dd and df (dancing friend) home, the girls were excitedly talking about all the dancers and the performance. I kept thinking about my latest ballet life lesson…I don’t think I’ll ever forget watching this mom watch her son. Quote Link to comment
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