My ballet recital was last week on Tuesday, June 12. I had lots and lots of fun. My class's dance was the Fourth of July-- the theme was holidays. Our dance was fun and I had an absolutely amazing teacher; she was my favorite ever. Below is a picture of my sister and me together in our costumes, she was Christmas. The second picture is of my class in a huddle that a girl in my class took from below. I'm sad because ballet is over for the summer but I had a great year!
On June 6th, it was my brother Cee Ryle's b-day, and we threw him an AWESOME Harry Potter party. It was really kind of a last minute decision and so for three days we worked way hard and went all out for his birthday party. My mom sewed twelve capes and hats for all the party guests(my brother invited eleven kids, all boys. It was a madhouse! We're not used to that many boys at one time.) She even sewed a little house elf hat for my little baby sis Gracie.
My dad made wands for all the kids using sticks. He just took off some of the bark with a knife. They ended up looking pretty cool. Here's a pic of a few of them.
My sisters and I did pretty much most of the other stuff. I printed, colored, and laminated badges and made a lot of signs and posters for the different stations. My sisters also did some posters.
When the kids came, they went to the different "stores" to get their hats, robes, and wands. I think they all really liked this. Then they went to get sorted into houses. We put a walkie talkie in the hat and my dad talked through it pretending to be the sorting hat. The kids all thought this was pretty cool. After sorting, they went to classes, which were all the games. These are some pictures of the kids doing potions.
My mom also baked an awesome cake that was shaped like a book. It tasted pretty good too. I got a picture of the birthday boy blowing out the candles.
Cee Ryle was so happy to get lots of presents. He got some really nice ones.
When the parents came to pick up their kids, they were all really impressed with everything the kids got. It made us feel pretty proud. I think he had a great birthday party. He's never really had any birthday parties yet and he had a lot of fun. :)
Today, my ballet class and I went on a fieldtrip to see "An Evening of Ballets" at Ballet West. It was so fun and the dances were absolutely amazing. I was so surprised at some of the things they did, you should have seen it. They did three different ballets: Vespri, Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, and Carmina Burana.
Vespri didn't really have a story line to it. They just took some classical music and put choreography to it. Some of the dances they did were amazing!
Le Corsaire is a ballet that is about pirates who go to Greece and fall in love with some Greek women. When the women are sold into slavery, the pirates go to save them. Very romantic and cute love story! They only did the Pas de Deux from this, unfortunately. A Pas de Deux is usually when a man and a woman who love eachother are dancing together. It was short but very beautiful and well done.
Carmina Burana was my favorite. It was a mix of modern dance and ballet and although modern dance is kind of strange to me, I really enjoyed it. This ballet was about some monks who don't want to be monks so they go away from their lifestyle and go party (an exaggeration). They soon realize that they actually like being monks so they go back to that. It's kind of a weird story line. The ballet was kind of weird and a little hard to follow but the dancing was so cool! A really cool aspect of this ballet was that they got an opera choir to come and sing for the music. It made the music very strong and powerful.
All in all, we had a great time. This was the first time our class had really done anything together outside of ballet class and we had lots of fun. We took a few pics of us all. The first is at our ballet studio and the other is on the stairs at the Capitol Theater.