Our Tenacious Little Dancer.

A delightful post about a rite of passage for a young ballet dancer, the moment you get your first pointe shoes.. Rowena shares the background to this achievement, including the challenges along the way. An inspiring story.

Our Tenacious Little Dancer.

“I think she is growing up, and so begins to dream dreams, and have hopes and fears and fidgets, without knowing why or being able to explain them.”

Louisa May Alcott

Today, our beautiful daughter suddenly grew a couple of inches taller when she stepped into her very first pair of pointe shoes and she was up en pointe. This has been something she’s been aspiring towards ever since she first started ballet as an almost four year old eight years ago. Indeed, I remember a time when she was very small and she stood in a couple of plastic cups to get the look (and a bit of added altitude). In hindsight, I probably should’ve got those cups off her feet and been more safety conscious. However, she was so happy, and it was too good a photo opportunity to miss.

In typical Rowena fashion, this pointe shoe fitting demanded a bit of pomp and ceremony. Indeed, quite frankly if she wasn’t twelve years old, I would’ve popped the  champagne, even though I’m not that partial to the taste. Even as a child, I was mesmerized by the theatre of it all what with popping the cork and all those bubbles shooting out like stars across the room with unbridled joie de vivre. Bubbly encapsulates the excitement, the celebration the exquisite preciousness of the moment in a way that nothing else does. You don’t even need to drink the stuff.

However, instead of a champagne celebration, we met up with my Mum for lunch and coffee and then the three of us headed off to Bloch’s for her 3.00pm appointment. By the way, our daughter wasn’t the only young dancer who had to get that very special pair of first pointe shoes on the very first day of the school holidays. The fitter had been flat out all day and we were something like her 11th fitting. Yet, she seemed just as excited for my daughter and for us as the first. As a dancer herself, she knew what this moment was about and really helped to make it special and informative. If there’s one thing I now know about pointe shoes, it’s not to get them wet. I also confess that I’ve also seen my daughter’s feet in a new light.

Helping en pointe BW

via Our Tenacious Little Dancer.

4 thoughts on “Our Tenacious Little Dancer.

      • Sally, thanks so much for sharing my post. I really love to encourage others and it is so easy to look at the end product in so many fields and not realize what it takes to get there and to give up along the way.
        I shouldn’t laugh at your comment about shooting up and playing netball but I did. I’d quit ballet by the time I shot up. I’m 175 cm tall these days and have always had lousy coordination. My daughter is such a different build to me and it’s taken some getting used to the whole idea that dance is her thing.
        That said, I still find that she needs encouragement. Once you’ve got as far as pointe shoes, they’re starting to travel down the road less traveled and all those questions start up about being good enough and what they want to do with their lives instead of seizing the moment. I find myself on the hop drawing from the experiences of those I’ve known who’ve danced professionally or just pursued it into their teens to encourage her along. That at age 12, you’re still too young to know where you’re going to end up and her dedication to dance can take her in so many different directions. She might even make it as a professional dancer. I am not the only one who sees it in her. It all just goes to show that you need to be very quick thinking as a parent and very well prepared.
        Best wishes,

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