Finally I have time to blog again. Life really does get in the way of living doesn’t it?

New Zealand was a great experience. The dancers that won the Alana Haines Awards truly deserved to win. They were a pleasure to watch. There were so many extremely talented dancers there and it was an experience neither of us will forget for a long time, if at all.

We travelled the North Island of NZ for a week afterwards. We both loved it. We managed to do a 20 km Alpine Trek over an active volcano and craters. That was very challenging, but also very rewarding. Apparently most people that do this trek take 6 months to prepare for it. We didn’t do any preparation. Kyah’s foot held up no problems at all. Even her chest infection had improved enough to allow her to complete the trek. It was tough in parts. I would not like to think how tough it would be to do it in winter.

Red Crater, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, NZ

Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, NZ

We did lots of sight seeing and travel over the north island and found it very picturesque. It was however, nice to get home to “normality”. We had a friend, Neil,  arrive the day after we got home and he stayed with us for a week. It was very busy, but lovely. We went up to see “Coppelia”performed by the Australian Ballet. We loved it. The music is very uplifting and vibrant, the choreography seems to be different to a typical classical ballet performance. So the change was really nice.

Kyah had an audition for a role in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, being produced by a local dance school. She was accepted, which is great. She has started rehearsals and they are quite time intensive, because the performance dates are June 1, 2, 3 and 4. She is enjoying it and it is always a great experience to be part of a ballet production; see how it all comes together.  Kyah has also been successful in auditioning for a role in “Sleeping Beauty” that will be performed later on in the year. Rehearsals for that will start after “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is complete.

We saw the movie “Ella” as part of the Film Festival. That was interesting. It was a lovely story about Ella Havelka, an Indigenous ballerina for the Australian Ballet. I could see a lot of parallels with Ella’s journey and Kyah’s dance journey; (foot injury aside), so far. It was great to get a sort of “inside view” of being a member of the Australian Ballet  School and then the Australian Ballet Company. The hard work that seems to be never ending for these dancers. Not once has Kyah been deterred from continuing to strive to achieve her goals…

Kyah then had an eisteddfod on the Sunshine Coast of QLD. First time ever, Kyah placed first. We were so pleased with the outcome.  She did look beautiful, confident and very competent on the stage. It was a well deserved win for her. Let’s hope and pray there are a lot more positives for her in this dance world now. We both still believe that it is not necessarily placing first that is important, it is constantly trying to improve on the last performance from a number of aspects. Placing first was such a boost to Kyah’s confidence though. She would happily accept another first if it was offered!!! Onwards and upwards.

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. Isa 40:31

We had another friend come and stay, Anne. It was lovely to have her stay. Unfortunately, the circumstances for her coming up were not the best. A friend lost her mother and the funeral was yesterday. Shirley was a lovely lady and I am sure she will be missed terribly by her daughter, and our friend, Deb. We are thinking of you and praying for peace and happy memories to surround you Deb.


Kyah has also been asked to perform for the opening of a Bond University function for the inaugural “Lady Justice in White”. The ballet dance opening Kyah will be performing is titled “I am Inspiration”. What an honour for Kyah to be asked to perform this solo. If anyone is interested in coming along it is on May 24. Please contact me and I can send you the specific details.

Our weekends are now spent with Kyah rehearsing both days, and me driving her down there, and filling in time until she is finished. (Any dance mum will know what I mean).  This week is yet again another busy week, with all the usual commitments and the added dance commitments, but we would not have it any other way.

I thank God every day for the blessing of Kyah, and the blessing and gift that  she has. We both realise how protected she was with her injury; it could have been a lot  worse than it was. If nothing else has come out of this accident so far, it is that Kyah has matured a lot more and is becoming a stronger, more determined person.

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