The last time I posted about Aina’s private ballet class was in early November, 3 months ago. She’s been going to class every week except for the 3-week ballet school holiday in December. And I’ve been recording her session every single time… We kinda have to anyway.
I think I sorta skipped the reason why she’s taking this private ballet class. Cheng Ballet Academy decided to have an internal competition open for all students at the end of March 2016. Aina decided to take part in it… mostly because it would be the only chance for her to learn a solo variation. Normally, only the top dancers in the school get to learn solos, right? So this is a good opportunity to get a taste of it. Ari and I thought it wasn’t a bad idea either for her to learn a solo. This way, she’d get some rough ideas of what it would take to be a ballet soloist and how much hard work those dancers need to do.
Anyway, the video above was taken 2 days ago, this past Tuesday. I think she’s improved a lot compared to the previous video posted. All this time, she thinks of the Tuesday class as a fun class that she gets to do a solo dance… For her, it’s much more fun and interesting than the regular class with the weekly barre work and center work.
Then, last night, I casually mention to her that the competition is next month…
She gasped, “Oh no! I didn’t think about it! So soon!”, with her worried face.
I told her not to worry about it and reminded her that the reason she’s doing this is to learn a solo variation. Winning the competition is not the objective. And she still needs to have fun learning the solo.
I don’t know… Maybe it’s wrong to tell her that. I just didn’t want her to get caught up in the competition spirit, get all stressed out over it and forget to have fun.