This year was Aina’s second time performing in the mid-summer performance as a pre-ballet student, the purple uniform. This means, she had two turns to dance: the usual class-work and the year-end part, in this case, the Butterfly dance from the year-end show, Giselle.
By this year, Aina has gotten used to being on the backstage without me around. But, unlike the previous Reverances (2011, 2012, 2013), this year I volunteered to help in the backstage… So, I would actually be around her, which made her super happy.
But this also meant that I would have to be around during all the rehearsals and the shows. You see, Cheng Ballet Reverance usually has 2 shows, the matinee and the evening shows. The kids from Pre-Ballet and Baby Ballet class only participate in one show, while the older kids do both shows. So, since I was volunteering, I had to be on all rehearsals as well as the shows, even without Aina in the show. The deal is, I would be watching one show (the one with Aina in it), and will be helping on the backstage in another show (the one without Aina in it).
So this meant that I will be spending more time in the Ballet School than Aina… haha. But, as a bonus, I got to watch and take pictures of her rehearsals from a day before the performance.
I was given the task of keeping an eye on the Baby Ballet class, the pink uniform kids… the youngest ones in the academy. They were cute, but quite a handful, especially since there were about 40 of them at once… They were prone to accidents, such as spilling Milo on their uniforms, they want their friend’s snacks instead of their own, they still can’t go to the bathroom by themselves yet, and they would miss their mommies terribly by the 2nd hour.
I was exhausted by the end of the day. But we, the volunteers, got cupcakes as a thank you gesture from the Academy… and the cupcakes were not only yummy, but they were sooooo cute!
Aina got to be on the evening show. So, on the D-Day, I was on the theater since morning to do the matinee show. After the matinee show was done, Ari and my mom dropped Aina off at the theater, and I put on her make up and did her hair. After I was done with her, I took her to the backstage and gave her a good luck kiss. Then I left the backstage to join Ari and my mom. It was my turn to dress up and put on my make up.
After a little bit of rest, we were ready to watch the show…
After the show, as usual, Aina got her flowers… and we took pictures with her. Aina also met with Abel, Suci’s daughter (Suci is one of the Mama Runners SG, the running group that I joined). Abel is one of the Baby Ballet kids, who’s also in the show tonight.