I took the girls to the Intercity Ballet performance of The Nutcracker today. We had been planning this for awhile now. I knew Sarah would love it, but I wasn't sure how Natalie would do. It's a long time for a three-year-old to have to sit still and be quiet. Still, she begged to go, so I reserved three seats.
Both girls loved it. They loved the pretty dresses, the dancing, and the various special effects (there were quite a few of those, actually). The "snow" inside the auditorium was especially a big hit. ;)
Natalie is now begging to be in the ballet.
I enjoyed the performance as well, although I admit the excitement and wonder of the girls was my favorite part. Because this morning performance is designed for school children, the audience was encouraged to clap and laugh and generally express their enjoyment and appreciation. Sarah and Natalie had no problem with those instructions. ;)
Interestingly, the Intercity Ballet is something of a cooperative effort of several dance studios in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia and--wait for it--San Diego, California.
San Diego, California.
I'm still scratching my head over that one. I mean, northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia make perfect sense, but San Diego?
Apparently, Clara herself was on loan from San Diego. And apparently, dancers from here sometimes go there to perform.
That's just weird.
But it was a lovely show, and I'm glad we went.