Exam Results – She’s Back In

These last few weeks have been busy, for a change! When are our lives not busy?

Queensland Ballet Academy end of year performance

 

Just after my last post, Kyah had her contemporary exam for Queensland Ballet Academy. She currently has a slight muscle imbalance in one of her hips, so it has been giving her a bit of grief. She managed to perform most of the required exercises.  Two days later, family members of the students, were able to watch the mock exam class. Again, Kyah’s hip hindered her ability to do a few activities that were required. We discussed it and decided it would be better for her not to do the activities and therefore not risk worse injury or a permanent issue. So Kyah did what she could do.

The following day Kyah had her classical exam. Again, she did the best she could and only the activities she could, without flaring up her hip. She then was able to watch the older dancers perform their pas de deux exams. She really enjoyed watching them. It is a great way for her to learn what is expected of an older dance in the near future. At Kyah’s age, they hardly do any partner activities because of their age and strength capacity. Obviously as they get older and stronger, they progress with contact, lifting, and other partner activities.

After Kyah had finished watching we went out for a milkshake as a little treat for getting this far through the year. We are still alive and sane!!!

YUM

Two days later, we got the great news; Kyah is back in to Queensland Ballet Academy. We are both extremely pleased she is in again.

Isa 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 

The Queensland Ballet Academy program is such that the students need to audition for their position every year. I believe it is like this, to encourage the students to work hard at all times, stay focused, and perform at their best all the time. It is tough, but that is the dance world, I suppose.

We are planning on Kyah doing lots of rehab, prehab, and strength work over the holidays to get on top of the niggling hip injury, and to ensure she is strong, stable, and more than able to do what is required for next year. This will include daily sessions with me; obviously designed to maximise the necessary gains and prevent overuse or underuse. She will also do some pilates sessions specific for dancers, and she will be participating in a few dance workshops; both classical and contemporary. Hopefully somewhere in there, she is able to have a little bit of a rest and relaxation for the Christmas break.

School exams are next week. Today is officially the last day of school for senior students. After the week of block exams, they are not required at school again this year. Kyah is not upset about that at all!!!!  We just need to organise and confirm her subject selection for next year before the end of the official school term.

Early December, the school and Queensland Ballet Academy have a joint performance over two days. The remaining Queensland Ballet Academy students, at school are performing a couple of the dances they did at Prelude ’18. It will be nice to see Kyah perform again.

The night before Kyah’s mock exam, we went and saw Queensland Ballet perform Bespoke at the Powerhouse Museum. It was fantastic. The new works and collaborative efforts of a number of creative artists resulted in an amazing display of grace, beauty, athleticism, and strength. Again, if you have not been to see Queensland Ballet perform, I recommend you do. They are up there as one of the best companies in the world for their talent, ability and creativity.

Kyah did manage to have a social activity in amongst all her commitments. She went to a girlfriend’s 16th birthday. Apparently at one stage Kyah had a little sleep! She was obviously very tired. She had a lovely time socialising with people outside of the ballet world. She will be seeing these girls over the school holidays and is already making plans to ensure that happens.

We can’t believe how close the end of the year is. We have so many commitments leading up to the end of the year. It will be nice not to have to think about school for a period of time. Kyah’s dear friend Emily, managed to graduate from high school (at the age of 15!). Dux of her school and just so young. Amazing! Kyah and Emily are just such good friends. They understand each other and even though they are on different paths, they accept each other, respect each other, and support each other. It is so nice to see such a beautiful friendship growing and developing. Congratulations Emily, we are both so proud of your amazing achievements. We hope you do very well in whatever profession you choose.

 

 

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I was so fortunate to get to watch Prelude ’18, performed by the Queensland Ballet Academy students, both nights.  There are definitely some very talented dancers among the students. I thought Kyah was an absolute joy to watch, so did everyone that spoke to us afterwards, as well as those people that came to stay with us.

If you wish to see some photos of the night here is a link.  https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/galleries/prelude-18

We had friends come up and stay, in total for 10 nights. It was lovely seeing them, catching up on their lives and them seeing  Kyah perform. The lead up to the performance nights was pretty big. Long days and intense work, but that is what you expect. Kyah really enjoyed the whole process. After it was over, I allowed Kyah to have one day off school.  Kind hey?

 

Night 1. Kyah and I

Night 2. Ava, Kyah and Ruth

Night 2, Anne and Kyah

Night 2, Kevin and Kyah

The focus is now on the exams for contemporary and ballet that are tomorrow, (Wednesday), and Saturday, respectively. Kyah is mostly prepared. She has a bit of a muscle imbalance in her hip at the moment, which is bothering her a bit. I have been taking her to the physio. She is coming along as expected. Hopefully it will not affect Kyah’s performances.

James 1:2-3 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  

After the exams we hear in about two weeks the students that have been successful in getting back in to Queensland Ballet for next year. We are believing and trusting for the promises to come to fruition.

2 Peter 1:21 For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Kyah went to the dress rehearsal of Queensland Ballet’s Bespoke last week. We are going to watch it on Thursday night. From what Kyah has said it is very worth the effort to go and see it. If you have not bought tickets yet, I suggest you do. It is being performed at the Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane.

Kyah was fortunate enough to get to participate in a masterclass with Teatro alla Scala, an Italian ballet company, last week. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal.

We then went and saw Teatro alla Scala perform Don Quixote on the weekend. It was a great ballet to watch. We have had those tickets since May this year. Amazing how soon these performances sell out. We saw a number of familiar faces in the crowd.

Kyah gets to go to a dress rehearsal of Teatro alla Scala performing Giselle tonight.  So yet another busy week. It is fortunate ballet is her passion – it seems to consume her life, and mine at times!

School exams start the week of November 26. Kyah only has three exams, the other subjects are all assignment assessed. So straight after her ballet exams, she will start preparing for her school exams. It does not seem to end with the work and focus. School holidays are coming….

While Anne was with us, I did some baking again. She was amazed at the food I prepared for Kyah. Potato and cheese rosti,  raspberry and white chocolate muffins, falafels, savoury muffins, and some more protein balls. That usually keeps Kyah going for a few days.

Kyah has a birthday party to go to this weekend. It should be a nice time for her. She has made some lovely friends outside of her ballet circle. I think it is very healthy for her to have friends outside of ballet, so she can stay grounded, and they encourage her to have other interests. Even though they may not consume her life, they are still a part of her life.

She went and watched some of her school friends do their end of year Christmas dance concert. She enjoyed that. Again, it is something outside of the ballet world, which is good.