At the beginning of the year, I enrolled Malia in the Beginning ballet program, run through the local recreational program of Vacaville, California. My hope was that it would introduce her to more local kids her age, as well as help her with coordination and grace. Plus it’s such a wonderful way to introduce her to classical arts.
The sessions run once a week for a month at a cost of $40 per month. Fortunately for us, there were evening classes that fit my work schedule. Directed by Oxana Marin, I found it to be a great program. Malia was enrolled in the introductory toddler pre-ballet 1 class. It introduced her to the basic moves of ballet, as well as taught her to follow instruction and listen to music. She always found the 30 minute class enjoyable and was so excited to share what she learned.
After about 4 months of instruction, she was invited to participate in the summer ballet recital which combined the Fairfield and Vacaville programs into one show. Often times Malia is shy and tentative, especially when it comes to putting herself in the spotlight. Having her participate in the recital was a good way to boost her confidence.
And wow did she get a boost! I think back to her very first class where she shyly bent down into a curtsy, waiting for approval and so eager to please. The recital came around and that shy girl was no where to be seen. She was bouncing in her seat, waiting to get called behind the curtain. And there she was, center stage, smiling out at the audience, arms extended and toes pointed. I couldn’t have been more proud of her. And yes, I was one of those moms, sitting front and center, clapping my hands and shouting up to her in excitement.
Ms Oxana put together a wonderful program for the different age groups. The advance dancers were incredibly beautiful, displaying the difficulty of ballet with such grace and beauty. The other classes showcased an abundance of cuteness and talent. I truly enjoyed the entire program.
Malia was also promoted to Ballet 2! I can’t wait to see where this will take her in skill, confidence and grace. Great job Malia!