Today was Katie Anne's first day of Princess Ballet Camp! She has been asking to take ballet classes for several months, but our local ballet school - the same one I attended as a little girl! - doesn't have classes for anyone younger than three. So, we'd told her that we'd enroll her when classes began this fall, but then I heard about the summer dance camps! For 3 and 4 year olds, the school offers a half-day dance camp that's based around princesses ... so I knew that would be absolutely perfect for Katie Anne!
We told her about her week of camp a few weeks ago when I heard that she'd gotten in, and the wait has been so hard for her! She has asked and asked and asked when ballet camp started. Last week, she and I went shopping for all her leotards, tutus, and tights - and we picked up her cute little ballet shoes last night. Having all the ballet stuff in her room has only increased her anticipation. So, she was all ready this morning and was soooo excited!
Can you sense the excitement?!?!
Showing off a "ballet move":
The cutest bun ever:
In the car, ready to go!
In front of the school - barely able to contain the joy at this point:
Climbing the big steps:
Sitting down, waiting for class to start:
And that's all I got to see! This is a real camp, so that means Mommy has the mornings off this week! I was very excited about some time to check off things on my long to-do list, but I was also a little nervous about leaving Katie Anne there! However, when I picked her up at lunchtime, she had nothing but good news and fun to report. They'd read a book about the princess of the day (Cinderella), watched a portion of the Cinderella ballet on video, done a craft, had a snack, and - of course - did lots and lots of dancing! Her favorite part of the day was practicing leaping over the little ballerina bear and learning the "ballerina walk". She can't wait to go back and learn about Sleeping Beauty tomorrow!
They're having a little performance on Friday, so be on the lookout for more pictures of her then!
Something funny - Before camp started, the whole concept of "camp" had her confused at first ... her idea of camp means "camping out", so she would ask, "Do you roast marshmellows at ballet camp out?" and "Do we have tents at the ballet camp out?" We finally talked about it enough that she realized summer camp and camping out weren't necessarily the same thing. :)