First week of panto rehearsals: All change
Nov20

First week of panto rehearsals: All change

When I think of the panto, I think of my hours spent hanging around the cafe at the rehearsal venue. I see it through rose tinted glasses. I love that place. I love my glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the particularly nice cheese and onion crisps that I stretch out for an hour or more. I read a book or, if I’m feeling good, I read one of my work books. Panto rehearsals are marked with photos like this. But nothing...

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Hot pants and crop tops
Aug21

Hot pants and crop tops

Sometimes my daughter wears hot pants and crop tops. That’s bad isn’t it? An 11 year old girl flaunting her body. What sort of mother allows her daughter to go out like that? Think of all the people looking at her. Think of all the people judging her mother. But, do you know what, there’s nothing bad about it. She wears her hot pants and crop tops because she’s hot. No other reason. She wears them with a lovely...

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Dancewear from Dance Gear
Aug01

Dancewear from Dance Gear

Dancewear can sometimes look a bit boring – leotards, leggings, shorts, crop tops… They come in pink, black and lilac. The leotard might have a skirt. It might have thin straps or thicker ones. But it can all be a bit the same. Which is where Dance Gear comes in. The UK company doesn’t just stock dancewear brands like Roch Valley and Bloch, they also have their own unique Made to Order range. The range includes 80...

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From Grade 1 to Grade 5 – in a year
Feb20

From Grade 1 to Grade 5 – in a year

This time last year, my daughter was working towards her Grade 2 ballet exam. So, technically, she was still actually Grade 1. She aced her Grade 2 and went on to ace her Grade 3 later in the year – getting a well-deserved distinction in both exams. I was so proud of her, but I was left wondering, what now? Because at my daughter’s small ballet school, they do exams as a class. They don’t have big enough classes to...

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The panto – opening performance!
Dec06

The panto – opening performance!

Well, three weeks of intensive rehearsals have flown by and my daughter has done her opening panto performance! This year, there was none of the relative glamour of opening night. With two teams of chorus, one gets the long straw of opening night and one gets the shorter straw of a 10am schools’ performance. It’s not something you would think about, but a lot of panto performances are in the daytime for school trips (and...

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