In New Zealand

The flight over to NZ was not too bad. The plane was full which means it was a bit uncomfortable. The plane was packed with dancers and tutus. Wonder where they were all headed??? Kyah recognised a lot of the faces. Some kids were very pleasant and others are very funny and purposely tried to ignore people, including Kyah. I noticed this with adults too! This is not something I would like Kyah to learn, nor to do.

Our accommodation was great. An apartment about a 10 minute walk through Wellington City. Just perfect for us. Kyah registered  for the Alana Haines Australasian (AHA) Awards, on the second day. Then she participated in an open class. She had lots of fun, felt very confident, and she looked very good.

Kyah, outside St James Theatre, after her open class

Unfortunately, she really felt tired and exhausted after the class and really did not feel up to being able to perform at her best for her repertoire or her contemporary solos. There are lots of company directors from around the world watching these kids perform and offering scholarships and prize money for those that perform well. Both Kyah and I thought it best that she not perform, mainly so she could concentrate on getting better, but also so she did not jeopardise any opportunities she may have later by not performing well. So we spent the next 5 days watching the other dancers. Some of these kids are absolutely amazing. What a fantastic opportunity the finalists have as well as some of the other performers – scholarships, money, exposure etc.

Part of St James Theatre, Wellington

We didn’t spend all our time in St James Theatre. We went to the Te Papa Museum, Wellington – saw their exhibition of Gallipoli and they had a bug exhibition too. We also went up to Mount Victoria Lookout. It was an extremely windy day and there were occasions we both felt like we were going to be blown away. Good view though.

   A rather large bug, and Kyah, Te Papa Museum

A little fungus on the path up to Mt Victoria

We went shopping, and walked through a little shopping mall that was an old bank. Each of the old safe rooms has been converted to a shop, and you can see the old vault. Very interesting.

The finals of AHA were amazing to watch. It was such an experience for all participants and spectators alike.

We are now preparing to walk “The Crossing” at Tongariro National Park tomorrow. It should be an experience not to be forgotten. Old Lava flows, pyroclastic flows, old craters, an active crater, Emerald Lakes and so much more. We drove up one part of the mountain range this afternoon; it is so different from what I have ever seen. The landscape and environment is so unusual. It has it’s own climate system and driving up was just fascinating.

Up the top of The Bruce, Tongariro National Park

We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the north island of New Zealand, over the next few days.

Once we are back in Oz, it is all go for dance preparations for eisteddfods again, back into school, normal routine and busy with guests again. Ahh, life….

 

Off We Go

This last week has been great. Again, very busy. So, Kyah was supposed to perform a contemporary dance  at Starbound, but she does not have one at the moment, so she didn’t dance. No problems at all. It will happen.

We had friends come around and we did home-made pizzas, and movie – “Mom’s Night Out”. It is a very amusing movie, but also very stressful. Kyah was on the edge of her seat the entire movie. She was so stressed. The positive is that I can say we have never had a night out like that – Praise The Lord.

We went up to Brisbane and watched The Royal Ballet perform “The Sleeping Beauty” from Covent Garden. Modern technology is amazing. Apparently the performance was streamed to something like 935 countries around the world. It was a fantastic performance. We just loved it.

Then we watched “Dance Academy” at the movies on Sunday. A must-see movie for Kyah. It had a nice story line and the message behind it was very positive. I think both of us could relate to it from a number of levels. Well worth watching.

For those of you interested, please let me know, I can send you a link for you to view Kyah’s first dance back from her horrendous injury. When you watch it keep in mind she has only known this routine for 3 weeks. She did an amazing job. I can’t wait to see how far she will go from now. Look at her feet. Amazing that anyone can do this, let alone someone who has had her foot completely hanging off her leg only 6 months ago. So far there have been so many positive responses about her performance.

I sent this clip to some people who have been praying for Kyah for complete healing. These people do not even know Kyah, nor me, just through a friend they have found out about Kyah. Their responses were so thankful to God for the complete healing – what an absolute miracle.  Apparently they were each crying just watching Kyah perform, knowing where she was 6 months ago. I cannot thank you enough, those who have been praying and supporting us through this journey. Isn’t it wonderful to see promises coming to fruition?

Kyah has had a terrible cold, with really bad flu-like symptoms for the past 4 days, so we needed to go to the doctor to ensure she was able to fly. Yesterday, the doctor gave her the “all clear” to fly, but has given us a medical certificate in case she is unable to perform when she is in NewZealand. She will do her best to perform, but knows her health is more important, and she is aware there will be plenty of other opportunities in the future.  We will see how she feels on the day, each day.

At the airport. Off to NZ.

This is our little pozzie for the night. We are currently at Brisbane International Airport, waiting for our flight very early tomorrow morning to Wellington. Best thing is we get to do the duty free shopping with minimal people around… The whole experience  in Wellington should be fantastic for Kyah. We have a bit if a holiday attached to the end of the 6-day dance schedule. Should be fun, seeing all the geothermal stuff in NZ.  I just hope it isn’t too cold, or wet, or windy…..

 

 

A Miracle Has Happened!

Well this last week, Kyah has been busy again. Those of you that know our life, we are always busy, but it kind of needs to be said. We’ve had a busy week.

Kyah was outside on Friday and had the “desire” to do an aerial…. Oh,…. this was what she was doing on the trampoline when she injured her foot. Well…. she did one! What an amazing achievement.  Not perfect execution, but it was an aerial and it was more of a psychological achievement than anything else.

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On Saturday, we went to a High Tea at a local church, to raise money for an orphanage. It was very successful. Spending time with Kirsten and Annie was again fun. Lots of yummy food and great company made for an enjoyable afternoon.

Annie and Kyah at the High Tea

On Sunday, we went up to Queensland Ballet for a Mind, Body, Ballet Workshop. Kyah was in one section with other children her age, while I was in with other parents and some teachers. The workshop was really fun and interesting. Body Conditioning, Pilates, Q & A, Ballet Class, Health & Nutrition, Risk of Injuries. We both enjoyed ourselves. Yes, I participated in my first ballet class! My history of sprinting and boxing really didn’t work in my favour when it came to pirouettes and looking elegant, but I did it and enjoyed it. (If anyone wants an experienced ballet dancer – I’m here….NOT!)

We raced back to the Gold Coast with the intention of Kyah going in the “Face of Starbound” Competition. Unfortunately, they had already started so she missed out on entering. She wasn’t really upset because doing something like that is totally out of her comfort zone. So a huge thank you to everyone who voted for Kyah but unfortunately, she had to be there in order to actually be in the running as such.

Kyah started seeing a lovely girl, Clare, 3 weeks  ago, for some private lessons. The intention is to get her back on track with her confidence and dancing, and with the hope and intention she would perform her solos at the eisteddfods we have registered her for throughout the year.

Well, yesterday Kyah competed in the classical section of Starbound. Kyah danced en pointe for the first time since her accident on stage, for the entire 3 minute routine. She looked absolutely beautiful and confident. No-one would be able to tell she had had such an horrific injury only 6 months ago.

Our intention was for Kyah to simply dance en pointe on stage for the duration of her routine. Basically to overcome the “barrier” that she needed to overcome in order to get back into dance and feel like she is able a capable. Well, she did that. The best news is that she came 4th! There was 14 competitors in her section, and I think one or two didn’t show up. Kyah came 4th!!!

She has only known this routine for 3 weeks and she was competing against some girls that have been performing their routine for the last 14 months. Kyah came 4th!!! What a massive achievement. She is so happy, I am so happy. Praise The Lord for the miracle He has brought about. Only 6 months ago, her foot was detached from her leg, now she is dancing beautifully, and is extremely competitive.  So hard to believe.

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We need to thank Nika for all the work she has put in over the last 6 months, and Clare for helping Kyah come so far with her confidence and belief and desire for dance again. Without these 2 people in Kyah’s life, Kyah would never be where she is today. They have both had such a major influence on her and we are very grateful.

I am really looking forward to seeing Kyah progress with her dancing, and I hope her success, what ever that may look like, really inspires others to continue with their passion irrespective of their set backs. At this point in time, Kyah is really looking forward to her next competition. We are hoping she is able to perform both a classical and contemporary routine. Time will tell.

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