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A Performance

L has been attending a performing arts high school now for 2 months (they started a month late due to construction) and seems to be adjusting fairly well to the new routine and the demands of dancing 2.5 hours every school day in addition to studio dance 10 hours a week. Considering this is her first experience in a brick and mortar school (she has been home schooled and gone to an online school) since preschool, she has made the transition with relative ease. She is up before 6am, travels by car pool to the limited stop metro bus stop for a 7am pick up and then travels to school and arrives a few minutes before their 8:00 start. She makes it home between 4:30 and 5 depending on the bus route she has to take (the home route isn't as fast as the morning route). Tuesday and Thursday nights, she rides the bus from school to the dance studio and we pick her up at 9:45pm. Those are long days. She is really enjoying the experience and it seems to be a wonderful fit for her. She has had to sacrifice things to be able to attend (travels over 2 hours a day by bus when the neighborhood school is about 5 blocks away, cannot participate on the high school swim team or down hill ski team which she did last year as an underclassman and loved and of course sleep) but she is liking what she is doing and that is what truly matters.

We don't really get a glimpse into what she does in the dance classes at school but last night we had a rare opportunity to watch her perform with several students from her class at a Monday Live Arts program. The choreographer for her dance studies class was chosen to present his work and he chose to take her section of the class. I wasn't able to take photos and that was extremely painful for me! They took the piece they had worked on in class and then adapted it for those students who could participate in the Monday night performance and rehearsed it after school yesterday, traveled in rush hour traffic complicated by snow and then performed it later last evening. It was truly amazing. I had no idea what to expect but it was clean and polished and the dancers adapted to the small space and smaller group size with what appeared to be ease and grace. They looked really good together and I just couldn't help thinking how far my little girl has come from wearing a tutu and spinning through the living room or in her beginning classes at the park when she was 3 years old. It was also very different from her studio dance and the competition venue. This is a completely different style and presentation and I was truly amazed to see this group of dancers perform so well together.

Several times as they performed, I caught myself thinking, "Wow! These kids are only in 9th and 10th grade and they really look so mature. Well, apparently I was not the only one that felt that way. Today we received an email from their teacher "Hi Everybody, Just a note to say thank you for all of your hard work towards making last night's performance such a success! You guys nailed it. (name), the curator of the event, was floored by your masterful and nuanced approach to the work - way beyond your years. Peers and strangers alike were truly impressed by your intensity and focus. Bravo. It was a real joy working with all of you and look forward to working with some of you again during J-Term! Very truly yours,(teacher). We are very grateful that she had this unique oppoertinity.

My girl is definitely a dancer! I cannot wait to see where this high school journey takes her in the weeks, months and years to come.

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