Daphne loves ballet. Loves taking ballet. Loves watching it on Utube. Loves watching Katerina Kitty on Daniel Tiger when she does ballet. You get the general idea. Girl likes ballet.
So when I heard about Kaleidoscope at Boston Ballet, I thought....self, this might be an amazing chance to get our prima ballerina to an actual BALLET.
The ballet is a Kaleidoscope in name since it is a fusion of three works: Kammermusik No. 2 by George Balanchine, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe, and Léonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne. Basically a little bit of everything, from the simply sublime to raucous can-can.
Now, let's talk about the day itself. Daphne fretted about her outfit for hours, deciding to wear a ballerina-like tulle skirt and sweater. Which she put on early, got sick of, and stripped off about 30 minutes before departure. Instead, she chose to wear a breezy embroidered maxi from last summer. In the totally maddening way that toddlers do. We attempted to coax her. Cajoal her. Really, just get her into anything weather appropriate as it was a very chilly day, to no avail. As you can see from the pictures....I even brought out chocolate Easter eggs as blatant bribery. She is holding them in her hand and eating them in EVERY SINGLE SHOT we attempted to take and document this fun mother daughter outing. Once we opened pandora's Easter basket there was simply no going back. And no way to get a picture without an egg in her mouth.
I dare you not to smile over her "cheese" face. Every kiddo has one, once they hit a certain age. Daphne's is more like a grimace of pain. But totally adorable at the same time.
All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better day. Or more hilarious pictures to look back on. Do we have a future as a mother-daughter blog duo? I think not. Should you take your little ballerinas in training to a performance at Boston Ballet? Most definitely. They have boosters for seats, plenty of intermissions, snack galore, wine for the rents, and of course a case stocked with tutus and wands of every shape, size and color. In retrospect, I should have waited to buy her wand until we left. The people sitting behind us may have appreciated the performance a bit more without a magical pixie waving her wand through out. Oh well. Next time.