She was a reluctant newborn with a tenuous hold on life. Since that time however, just five years now, Sylvie has celebrated that life with joy. Her very being is a testament to love of life including movement and dance.
Sylvie, who turned five earlier this month, has a dancing spirit. Her mother introduced her to The Nutcracker ballet on Youtube the Christmas before her second birthday. Sylvie loved it and wanted to watch the whole performance.
She watched Angelina Ballerina as well and liked to do " ballet moves" as she called them, with the characters during each show. Sylvie liked ballet!
Her parents, wanting to encourage her interest, enrolled her in classes the year she turned three. She enjoyed them, with an enthusiasm that was infectious. Her younger sister, Caitlin started the ballet moves at an early age too, and mimics her sister.
Caitlin is heart broken every time her sister heads off to ballet class because she cannot go too.
Sylvie especially enjoyed the year-end show, where she was on stage twice.
She enjoyed every minute of the performance and is looking forward to this year's show when she is on stage three times. Sylvie has a flair for the dramatic as you can see.
Before Christmas last year, the family went to Moncton to see the local production of the Nutcracker and Sylvie was enchanted with everything about the show. Even two year old Caitlin, though a tad squirmy, was also fascinated with the performance.
Last weekend, their grandfather and I took the girls to see an afternoon performance of Sleeping Beauty by Ballet Jörgen at the local theatre. Tchaikovsky's music means ballet to the girls and when the curtain rose and the music started, they were enthralled. Sylvie was riveted for the whole performance while Caitlin checked in periodically. She was her three year old self for the two hour show.
Ready for Sleeping Beauty
While I love ballet and classical music, my husband is a country music fan. He wanted to experience the performance with the girls. Besides, one of us could take a misbehaving child out of the theatre while the other stayed. We joked about Rick needing to be the one who would have to be taken out. His love of his granddaughters outweighed his own reluctance to watch ballet.
Sylvie has told her mother that she dances in her dreams and has performed the role of Clara from the Nutcracker. On this day, during the intermission, before the curtain went up again, Sylvie said, "You know Nanny, I'm going to be up there one day."
Who knows what Sylvie will do, what she will become? Her ability may not match her interest in ballet. I do know that for a five year old, she has an incredible attention span and interest in dance, especially ballet. We, her family, will continue to encourage her to follow her dreams.
Next year, it's Swan Lake...without her grandfather!