Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Dance Intensive {2012}

For the last three weeks - we have been up early to get Lexi ready and drive her to her summer intensive. Over 30+ hours in the car ... 90+ hours Lexi spent dancing. Monday through Thursday it was ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip hop classes. Fridays were spent in choreography after an hour long Zumba class and one hour spent at the barre. Not to mention the 320 crunches Lexi had to do each day before she got to leave to come home.

I knew this would make or break Lexi's love of dance but, every day when I picked her up she would jump into the car exhausted but, smiling and telling me how she could not wait to go back the next day. Lexi gave up being able to go to camp, playdates with friends, and lazy days at the pool.

I enjoyed seeing the small improvements in Lexi's technique that she would come home and share with us each day. Two weeks in Lexi was able to do all of her splits and an amazing side arabesque. There were sore muscles, headaches, and painful toes.

Loved seeing all the hard work culminate tonight at the Summer Showcase the studio put on. We were able to see two different ballet dances, and one from each of her other dance classes.

Also, loved meeting Lexi's friends from the past three weeks. Such sweet girls and nice families! Two of the moms sought me out to let me know how much their daughter's loved Lexi and really were hoping she would dance at the studio next year. Lexi was made to feel so welcome from day one ... from the older girls, like Lexi and Ava Mae's new friend - Margaret {who is off to dance at Ballet Magnificat tomorrow} to the girls Lexi's age who accepted her into their group of friends immediately.

Lots of prayer and discussion now to decide what we will do this fall. We know no matter what Lexi will be back to dance at Impact next summer {and more than likely Lexi will take some ballet classes this July} and eventually we will make a move there - just need to make sure it is God's timing. If it is not God's plan for this year we will continue to dance at our current studio - that we still love! It was the perfect place for Lexi for the last few years and still is for Ava Mae.

Pictured below, Lexi with the ballet school director and one of her teacher's this past week.She called Lexi her little super star and was really hoping we would make a move to her studio. She also gave us some really good things to think about moving forward with ballet for Lexi.

Pictured above Lexi with one of her new good friends from the ballet school. I think I heard about this cute girl and two other friends every day.

1 comment:

Chef Penny said...

We have summer intensive next week. I hope she comes out as well as Lexi did!