This weekend was the Nutcracker performance for Zoey's ballet. She was in three dances this year, two en pointe and one lyrical in her ballet flats. She was pretty nervous this year but she had a smile on her face and she danced beautifully. I am so proud of her.
It's kind of crazy to think back to when she first started dance and to see where she is now.
This year things were a bit of a struggle, she couldn't feel good about her pointe shoes, she got them quite late in the season due to being back-ordered and they didn't fit comfortably or stay up on her heel when dancing initially. Thankfully, with a bit of re-arranging (but sadly with having to remove her toe covers) they stayed as long as she tensed her toes while dancing. Not ideal, but got her through this weekend.
I'm proud of her for getting through the two shows and dancing with such grace, despite her feet hurting and her worrying if her shoes would fall off. Sometimes it's just about showing up. She was happy that her shoes didn't fall off once on stage, only off stage while in the middle of a dance...so she was able to get them back on quickly and go back on.
Show up she did. So proud of her and all of the hard work that she does when it comes to working on her ballet skills.