What a Week

A fortnight ago, Kyah was supposed to participate in a Bangarra Dance workshop, but unfortunately, there was a mix up with their admin and their insurance and Kyah was not able to participate. She was most disappointed, but enjoyed the break from structure and routine.Hopefully another opportunity for her to dance with Bangarra will come up in the near future.

This week has been a week Kyah will not forget for a long time.

Last Saturday, we managed to have a day with our friends, the Howie’s. They were up for a short while sorting things out. We took the opportunity to have a picnic on the Tweed River and spend a few hours with them. Children and adults enjoyed the day immensely.

Last Sunday we were so blessed to have been given complimentary tickets to see The Royal Ballet perform Woolf Works. It was absolutely amazing. The choreography, standard of dance, music, everything, was just amazing. There is a part where Virginia Woolf speaks and apparently it is the only known recording of Virginia Woolf talking.

Waiting to go and see Woolf Works

Kyah just loved the whole production. She loved being there and seeing The Royal perform. It was 15 years ago they were out here last; it does not happen very often, so we were so blessed to have been given the opportunity to be there.

After the performance on Sunday, we checked in to an apartment in Brisbane, for the week. Kyah was booked in to do an Expressions Dance Company (EDC) workshop, so we figured it was easier for her to stay in Brisbane for the week rather than try to battle with the traffic every day. We picked up our dear friend Anne from the airport, who had offered to come up and stay with Kyah for the duration. We settled in to the new home for the week.

Both Anne and Kyah had a great time with getting to and from the workshop each day. Anne saw a lot of Brisbane shops, and tried a few coffee places – if anyone wants to know the best ones in the city, please ask, I now have recommendations … on very good authority.

They really enjoyed spending time together, and one night Anne did Kyah’s make-up, as can be seen here.

        

I managed to get up there a few times for dinner and over-night stays, between work commitments and appointments.

Kyah loved the EDC contemporary dance workshop. The workshop was Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm, so pretty full-on. The teachers, who were mostly the EDC dancers themselves, were fantastic. So friendly, professional, approachable, and helpful. Kyah got a great deal out of the week; dance style, choreography, creativity, confidence, and some lovely new friends. Thanks so much EDC.

One tired, but very happy dancer.

Anne went home Friday day. Thank you so much Anne for coming up and looking after Kyah, it made the workshop a reality for Kyah. I was fortunate enough to be able to watch on Friday afternoon, the workshop participants perform snippets of what they had learned over the week. It was really interesting, and just wonderful to see these young people being nurtured and encouraged to allow their creativity to show through with their movements. Kyah ended up with a few extremely decent bruises – I assume, a result of bones hitting the hard floor!!!

To complete the week, we went to see The Royal Ballet again, but this time they performed The Winter’s Tale. This was fantastic. The sets, the music, the dancers, the choreography, everything, just amazing. Both of us just loved every minute of it. One ticket was a gift from some dear friends of ours who insisted Kyah must see The Royal Ballet, so thank you so much to Peter and Sue for thinking of Kyah and allowing her (us) to see them.

To make the evening even better than Kyah could have ever thought possible, her favourite Ballerino (male ballet dancer), Steven McRae performed. Then she was fortunate enough to get his autograph and a photo with him afterwards. What a way to finish a very full-on week of dance.

Steven McRae and Kyah

Home now, and preparing for the very busy school term that is just around the corner. A meeting with Clare on Monday, who is back from her overseas holiday. We need to discuss a course for Kyah over the next few months to ensure she is on the right track.

Isa 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.