joyofaleap Posted December 5, 2005 Report Share Posted December 5, 2005 My daughter's end of the year recital was this past Sunday (yesterday). She was the lead in Sleeping Beauty. She is the youngest lead the school has ever had, she has never done a pas de deux, so it was a first time in everything. The lead this year was shared, my daughter would be Aurora in the morning and her classmate in the afternoon. Her classmate who is 16, a beautiful dancer,had been lead last year. Throughout dress rehearsal she had been beautiful, and my daughter handled her role just fine. But yesterday morning, when it was her time, she came out beautifully and towards the end of her first variation she just slipped. She simply slipped, it was as if she had slipped on a banana peel. She recovered immediately and was able to finish with the music, but my heart and the public's heart just sank...but mine, I would say, sank a bit more. Yet, when she came out again and her leaps were just breathtaking, the public just roared and applauded her like you would not believe. She finished her performance beautifully and the public just loved her. Nevertheless afterwards she cried and cried...because she felt it was her one shot, she doesn't know if she'll ever have a chance like that and she just cried...I have explained that this has happened to all the great ones. And that a good dancer must go through this. She just must. Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom here to share? By the way, the teachers were great and they were sincere in their praises. But I think that if there are some war stories out there, it would help. thanks, Quote Link to comment
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