June 18, 2007



The recital this year for Allegra's dance school is The Little Mermaid. In the very eerie Act III, when the Little Mermaid swims down to Ursula's cave to bargain away her voice and mermaid's tail for a pair of human legs, the Little Mermaid must swim past all sorts of scary creatures of the deep. Allegra's jazz class are a band of skeletons at the entrance to the Ursula's cave. In the photo above, Allegra is the front dancer in the line at the left, and her good friend and carpool buddy Claire is at the very rear of that line. (Allegra is just slightly to the right of center in the photo, and Claire is at the far left.)


Allegra is the skeleton at far right in this photo.

The first time I saw this dance in dress rehearsal, I had the typical parental reaction: Oh, it's all very well and good to be atmospheric -- but I want to watch my kid and between the dim lighting and the masks, I can't even be sure which one she is! Over subsequent viewings, the dance has grown on me, and I can now appreciate the skeleton-like choreography and the place this dance plays in the story's plot.


To see the scariest photo of all, click here.

Later in the show, Allegra is one of the gossipy serving maids at Prince Eric's castle:


Allegra is at far right in this photo. The girls hate wearing those headpieces that look like oversized cupcake wrappers.


Reacting to the gossip. This is the first year for her ballet class to dance en pointe. This is also the first year Allegra is doing her own hair, just like a grown-up girl. Oh, does that tug at my heartstrings.


Her modern class dances a calypso number.

Unfortunately, I had technical difficulties with my camera and didn't get any photos of her tap dance.

"We" had dress rehearsals all last week, and six performances, beginning last Friday, with both matinees and evening performances over the weekend, and tonight being closing night. This is also the first year Allegra has danced in every performance.

There's been only a little bit of knitting going on, around all the alterations of costumes and driving to and from rehearsals and performances. I know that Naomi would like an update on my projects for Jean Wong's class, but that update is just going to have to wait a day or two, after Mermaid Ariel and Prince Eric have sailed off into the sunset.

Posted by Karen at June 18, 2007 02:20 PM

En pointe - I love how it looks and I'm very impressed. Allegra looks so graceful and pretty. You should be very proud!

Posted by: Jewel at June 18, 2007 03:33 PM

Fun! Thanks for sharing the photos! :)

Posted by: Romi at June 18, 2007 08:25 PM

Great costumes! And your daughter is very pretty. You must be a proud mom!

Posted by: Kathleen at June 18, 2007 10:52 PM

How did you know I was waiting? :)

I need to post my progress on the blog, too. Just too busy with work!

Andrea helped me last night on a few ?? I had on the vest.

This is a great post. I love getting to see a glimpse of Allegra's passion and see the result of all the hard work! Thank you for sharing!

Posted by: Naomi at June 19, 2007 09:12 PM

Ooh, this is a very classy show---well worth missing ferals! Thanks for sharing a very special evening. The girls look awesome.

Posted by: Gail at June 20, 2007 11:02 AM