Bolshoi Ballet

We are almost half way through the year.
The last few weeks have been very busy for Kyah. Dance exams completed. She feels she did fairly well with these. We are waiting eagerly for the written report to come so we can see what  the teachers think of her performances.
Even though Kyah got the flu injection, she managed to get a bit of a flu / cold thing which knocked her around a bit. She seems to be much better now, which is great.  A lot of people seem to have the cold / flu hang around for weeks or months on end. So she has done pretty well to avoid it lingering.  She eats very well and I am sure this helps with her recovering faster and not being knocked around as bad as others.
Queensland Ballet had a “Demonstration Day” performance. It was held over two days and the dancers performed three times in front of dance teachers, dance kids, family and friends. It was great to see the different levels of the Senior Program showcase what they are doing and to notice the progress Kyah has made since last year. We had some friends come to watch Kyah perform and they loved it. It is really nice to have people support Kyah on this journey, and give her their feedback on how she dances, especially those people that know something about dance. I have to say I just love watching Kyah dance. I truly believe she has a blessing and a gift and it is a pure joy to watch her.

Krystle, Kyah, me, Luell

Krystle, Kyah, Deb, Luell

We finally had a chance to go shopping for Kyah’s birthday. I decided that after the demo day  Kyah needed, and deserved, some time out and some retail therapy. So we went to Chermside Shopping Centre. We spent a good few hours there and a bit of Kyah’s birthday money. We had a great time wandering around and looking at stuff, purchasing the things she wanted, and not having to worry about being somewhere, or doing something.
For the last 6 weeks we have had one homestay girl from Japan. She has been lovely. We then had another girl arrive last week, so it was time to empty “that room”.  You know the room that you shove everything in? Well, it was emptied and sorted for the new homestay girl. There was lots of things to sort through and decide what could and should be done with stuff. There was about 8 leotards that Kyah has outgrown that she may have worn once or twice, skirts that go over the leotards and maybe 10 pairs of stockings that Kyah will never wear again. Not to mention old dance shoes, craft stuff, dance outfits, all our office and school work, along with desks and furniture. The forced culling and sorting was great and is a process I have not yet finished.
It was our dear friend, Theresa’s, birthday through the week, so we went out for dinner with a few friends to a restaurant  called “George’s Paragon” on Eagle St, Pier. The food was absolutely divine. It was also a lovely night catching up with friends we don’t usually see on a social basis. So a night out, that wasn’t too late was great.

Carol & Theresa

Last night we went to QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre), and saw the Bolshoi Ballet perform “Spartacus”. It was fantastic. Neither Kyah or I had seen “Spartacus” live before, and it was really good. The costumes, props, choreography; as well as the technique and execution of the ballet by the dancers, and the live music by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, was all just fantastic. It was a sell out, and I am not surprised. We went with friends who just loved it too. The applause went for about 7-8 minutes, so that indicates the audiences’ appreciation of the show. If you have not bought tickets yet, and you have time to go, I suggest you go see them; it is not often the Bolshoi Ballet come to Australia.

Bernie, Michael, me, Kyah

Kyah has been on holidays from school and dance for one week now. In that time she has been doing pilates every day, doing some of her Diploma in Business ever day and doing her PrepL course. That is one huge benefit with her subject selection for years 11 and 12. Kyah has minimal assessment deadlines for school. So many of the kids have had assessments due these last few weeks. Kyah has had an English exam and needs to prepare for a dance prac exam, but the only other subject she needs to really consider at this point is doing her diploma. At this stage she could be a bit further on with her course than she is, but handing the first module in was the indicator as to what level is expected as well as the amount of work to hand in. Once she figured that out, doing the modules after has been relatively easy.
Kyah would like to get her learners permit over the holidays. The PrepL course is the new way to do the theory exam. I think it is a great way for the kids to learn. Once they have satisfied a certain amount of criteria, they are able to sit their theory exam. Apparently it is going to be the way potential new drivers will have the learners permit taught and to do the exam in the near future. From what I have seen, it is very beneficial. Kyah is learning a lot and is retaining what she is learning. I think she will have time to do the exam before school and dance start again in just over a week.
So there is never a dull moment here. Always something going on. Kyah flies to see her dad tomorrow for a few days. Then she comes back home with our dear friend Anne. Another very busy week here next week, then ready for school. More on that next time.
Ecc; 11:6-8
Sow your seed in the morning,
    and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
    whether this or that,
    or whether both will do equally well.

One thought on “Bolshoi Ballet

  1. Anne Herman says:

    Oh, my….cannot believe we are in June……I say, STOP…SLOW DOWN…..however we know this is impossible….
    Once again, your lives are speeding along at an incredible pace…. so many challenges and aschievements…..
    Here’s to a wonderful Semester 2….. 👍❤👍❤👍❤👍❤👍❤👍❤👍

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