Sometimes you just have to sit back and realize that the best part of the holidays are seeing your children and watching their eyes light up. Pumpkin has always wanted to take dance lessons and this year for Christmas Eve, we went and saw the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.
I have been torn about writing this piece as Pumpkin and I were so excited to go to the Nutcracker. It was a girls day. There were so many things that we wanted to do and enjoy during the performance and well it didn't happen the way that we wanted it to. Unfortunately for Pumpkin and I, our babysitter cancelled so we ended up taking everyone to the ballet. Not too fun for the girls, but we have to do what we have to do.
When we got to the ballet, and were finally seated. The show started and I cannot explain to you the sparkle in Pumpkin's eyes as the stage opened up. The show started and it was fun to watch her enjoy the show.
I on the other was not so impressed, the show was OK. The dancers were good and the scenery was pretty, it's hard to enjoy a show when the choreography its self was just alright. The performances lacked that flair that made the stage light up and come to life.
As I was sitting and watching the performance I couldn't help but think of other ballets I've seen where you couldn't keep your eyes off of the performers, this ballet, I was counting down the minutes until intermission.
During intermission we were able to take pictures with one of the ballerinas. The kiddos loved being able to pose with her and make their "special ballet pose." Let me tell you they look nothing like ballet poses.
The performance included local children in its performance and that was a huge selling point for me. Giving the children the opportunity to participate on stage is 100% in my book.
Take the afternoon and enjoy the show.