Sunday, June 22, 2008

Little Ballet Star

Olivia had her first dance recital this weekend and I'm exhausted. Thursday was the dress rehearsal which lasted several hours and the recital was Friday and Saturday. We spent several hours each day doing hair and make-up and getting her dressed and several hours standing around waiting for her 2 minute dance...but it was all worth it! She made such a beautiful little ballet star! She did an incredible job all three nights - I was afraid she would get up there and just freeze and not do anything, but that wasn't so! She did the entire routine just like she has been practicing for months. At the end of Act I she had to go out on stage with all the dancers in Act I (there were 28 dances in Act I so there were alot of kids on stage) and take a bow. Her little group was the last preschool group to come on stage in the front row and only the first 2 or 3 girls in her line were able to get out on the stage past the curtain...unfortunately that didn't stop Olivia - she busted her way through pushing aside these little girls so she could get onto the stage, then she stands there, give her best smile and takes a bow! It was hilarious - I wish I had that on film! I did videotape her during the dress rehearsal (the only time we were allowed to videotape) but I sent the DVD home with my parents before downloading it on the computer so for now all I have to share are pictures. I'll put the video on my blog when I get it back later this week. For now, enjoy some pics!

Yes, she actually sits still and lets me put all of these rollers in her hair!!
She discovered Libby Lou and fairy dust - after making the purchase she said to me, "mom, what more could a girl want?" Oh, honey - let me give you the list!!
She loved when we would take the curlers out and her hair would spring back when she pulled on it.

She looks like a baby doll with her hair like this

Against my better judgement we applied make-up - she was supposed to have dark eye shadow, dark blush, dark lipstick and mascara - we settled for a lite purple eye shadow, light blush and pink lipstick...NO mascara - this isn't a miss America pageant!! She is only 3 - it was bad enough that they had to wear anything!

The following are pictures we had taken at "Portrait Innovations" by the mall - if you live in the area I highly recommend trying them out - we had great success - much better than the last couple of trips to "picture people" where they have screwed up our pics on several occasions!!

And That's our little ballet star!


Aimee said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!!! She looks like such a ham! :) I never really like doing the makeup for Chloe's recital either, but once their on stage, you don't really notice it.

Good Job Olivia!!!

mommy24 said...

OH MY! Definitely something that I have NO experience with! She looked wonderful. I'm so glad that was the way you got to spend this week in particular
...enjoying your precious daughter.

Leenie said...

TOO DARN CUTE!!!! She is so adorable---she definately is not shy in front of the camera which is awesome for getting those great pics.

Anne said...

I have been waiting for this post!! I can't wait to see the video.
She looked adorable. Great pics!
Good Job Ia (eeeyaa).

mommy to an angel said...

Oh, she's definitely a ham in front of the camera - the photographer can't keep up with her and her poses...she is so funny. I know she wants to say, no, you don't need to tell me how to pose, I'll show you how I'm going to pose!

Megan said...

AWWW! What a little princess! I am glad all went well! She looks adorable!

amanda said...

What a pretty little dancer!!!! And Shawnie, you look gorgeous!!! :)

Jen said...

Dawn and I have something in common~I have NO experience with dance either! LOL! DO NOT show those pic to Amelia and Greta. I will go poor with 2 of them!

Love the pics of her sitting on "the stage"!

mommy to an angel said...

Jen, you're brilliant! I never thought of that pic as her on "stage" but that's exactly what it looks like! It was just an option that they had at the studio and I loved it, but now that you brought up the "stage" thing, I just love it even more!!

Jen said...

Well, my first thought was "basketball court" but it didn't fit with the outfit!

Ter said...

I like them all, but especially the fourth one down. (from the professional pics)