Mini took “pre-ballet” classes (movement class with a ballet inflection) until she started her twos program, and those memories are among the strongest I have of her before she became a sibling. We used to walk about ten blocks to get to class, her tiny ballet shoes just visible from my view over the stroller’s sunshade, and she would turn heads in her enormous bow and fluffy tutus, and I would peacock down the street in pride. The “free dance” portion of the class was always her favorite: the teachers would dim the overhead lights and turn on a strobe light and upbeat music, and I would watch her flit around the room, laughing giddily, often with a fabric scarf trailing behind her. One day, they put on “Little Surfer Girl” by the Beach Boys during free dance and I found tears streaming down my cheeks as I watched her from the sidelines: so little, so inhibition-free, so perfect. I knew the lyrics to be mawkishly romantic, but how could I not hear these lines as if intended for us:
Little surfer, little one
Made my heart come all undone
I had also enrolled her in a toddler ballet class to be held on the weekend just before COVID hit this past spring that we then obviously were unable to attend. She still asks after it every now and then and I’m hopeful we can get her into a class before the end of this year, but perhaps we’ll have to consider soccer or another outdoor sport in the interim, as the weather thaws and if COVID cases decline in NYC…
At any rate. I’ve come across so many sweet ballet finds for little ones in the past few weeks! Wanted to share a few here, many of which would make darling gifts for a little love:
MINI ALSO HAD A FEW OF THESE LESS EXPENSIVE, LESS FROU-FROU LEOTARD-SKIRT COMBOS
LOVE IS A TUTU — ONE OF MINI’S FAVORITE BOOKS; IT’S A BIT ABSTRACT BUT THE ILLUSTRATIONS/GRAPHICS ARE EYE-CATCHING
MISS LINA’S BALLERINAS — JUST ORDERED THIS ONE FOR MINI’S BOOKSHELF!
MINI LOVES THIS MAILEG BALLET SCHOOL SET
MINI LOVES MAGNETIC PLAY SETS LIKE THIS
BEST STICKER BOOK BRAND — MINI ADORES THESE
EVERY GIRL NEEDS ONE OF THESE JEWELRY BOXES! I HAD ONE
P.P.S. Heart print finds.
P.P.P.S. Mini is my other heartbeat.