June 12, 2006

MY FAVORITE BLACKBIRD

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Allegra's dance schedule gets really intense this time of year, when the dance school gears up for the big recital. This year's show is The Wizard of Oz. And the character of the Scarecrow needs a complement of crows. Allegra's tap class are the crows, and they dance to the tune "Bye-bye, Blackbird" -- and they are as noisy in their taps as any congress of crows.

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She's the one furthest right in these photos.

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She says their number is like the movie Chicago.

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Of course these are not ideal picture-taking conditions (27 kids on stage, every one of them in motion), but I think you get the gist.

In addition to the tap dance class's crow number, Allegra's modern dance class does a hip-hop dance to tell Dorothy to follow the Yellow Brick Road, and her ballet class is the forest of enchanted apple trees.

When I haven't been driving Allegra to or from rehearsal, or sitting through rehearsal trying to take photographs and being on call to fix her hair (low bun! high ponytail! high bun!), I've been at home sewing alterations in her costumes. Gotta love the performing arts.

I did find enough spare time at rehearsals to finish the right mitten of the pair of Norwegian Mittens that I started in Beth Brown-Reinsel's class at the TKGA convention:

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The pair is destined for the Dulaan Project.

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In Two Swans Yarns news: The color cards for the Rowan / Jaeger / RYC fall line-up arrived last week. I am pleased to report that for my favorite yarn, Kidsilk Haze, no colors are discontinued this year! In fact, five new colors are being added, including one called "Violetta" which is a rich dark purplish-blue. I can already see myself wrapped in a shawl out of this. And in the Kidsilk Spray line, no colors have been discontinued, and two have been added. View the color card here.

Posted by Karen at June 12, 2006 02:20 PM
Comments

What great photos! Allegra looks so pretty, too!

Your mittens turned out very nice. They'll be a very welcome addition to the Dulaan project.

Posted by: Jewel at June 12, 2006 04:15 PM

No way that's "our" Allegra! Wow! She looks great! As do, of course, the wonderful Dulaan mittens!

Posted by: Ryan at June 13, 2006 08:40 AM

Wow, look at those legs! Great photos, and I wish I could have seen the perfomance, it looks like loads of fun. Blackbirds are very noisy birds, so tap-dancing is very appropriate. Thanks for the update on fall colors. I can't wait to see the new shades of Kid Silk Haze!

Posted by: Anne at June 13, 2006 09:28 AM

Yes, Ryan, "our" little girl is looking pretty grown up, isn't she? I think it's mostly the makeup and the costume . . . and not *really* any indication of time passing.

Anne, these are just rehearsal shots. There will be six performances over the Father's Day weekend, so c'mon up if you want! I thought some of the choreography choices were really clever and creative, like the tap-dancing crows, and choosing street dancing, i.e., hip-hop dancing, to tell Dorothy to "follow the [yellow brick] road."

Posted by: Karen at June 13, 2006 05:54 PM

The mittens are great. Wow, tap-dancing, that's wonderful. I've always loved that but I never see anyone do that anymore.

Posted by: Daisy at June 16, 2006 12:57 AM