Babsaroo Posted December 6, 2004 Report Share Posted December 6, 2004 DD's first "serious" ballet mishap happened today in Nutcracker. She's one of 8 Chinese Dancers who dance with ribbons on sticks. Her ribbon somehow came into contact with the ribbon of the dancer in front of her as they moved across the stage to begin the dance. The second ribbon stick cracked, broke in half causing the ribbon to attach to dd's ribbon. So basically had one dancer with no ribbon and another dancer (my dd) with a really, really long ribbon. I was proud that the dancers didn't panic. DD said she held her breath and worked hard not to entrap the professional male dancer as he danced. She said it reminded her of a cowboy with a lasso. As she exited the stage, the artistic director was waiting and asked DD what happened. I'm proud again that she didn't buckle in tears and flee in fear. She calmly explained that it was her ribbon that caused the problem (I'm proud of that too). We have a very kind artistic director who I'm sure won't ban dd to Siberia. When I met her at backstage pick up, she looked a little shell-shocked and I was afraid she'd been crying but she hadn't. She's embarassed that it happened and worries about a repeat mishap in the upcoming performances. I keep telling her that it wasn't intentional, no injuries and not as noticable to the audience as she thinks. She came home and wrote an apology email to the other dancer, artistic director and academy director. This too will pass but I was wondering if any ballet parents have advice on how they've helped their dancers with stage mishaps? Quote Link to comment
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