Skip to main content

Magical Moment 488, "Opposite"

I have so many magical moments that I accidentally see from my corner at the piano when I play for the Beginner's Ballet class. Here is another.
~~

The 5 year olds had a substitute teacher, a serious looking, tall Russian man with a thick accent. A bit intimidating compared to their regular, petite ballerina instructor.
"How you make plie?" He boomed to the little girls. They struggled to understand his words. A few picked up on it though, and they demonstrated a plie, squatting clumsily in their white tights that sagged on their tiny bodies. They giggled at his funny voice, snickering through their nose behind their hand, as if that would mask their silliness.

At this level, the girls were still learning the difference between left and right. It was a 50/50 shot in the dark, and something they weren't too interested in getting it right.
"Fiyrst (first), we do combination to za right, zen to other side." He explained. I wanted to tell him it was hopeless, but instead I watched with a silent smile.

The girls skipped across the floor to the right, with no sense of rhythm to the music I played for them. When it was time to go to the left, the instructor wanted to double check his instruction.
"Now gyirls (girls), which foot we start with?"
They stared at him blankly.
"We just did right. So...what is opposite of right?" he coaxed.
A few girls timidly demonstrated with their foot. One girl muttered, "The other?" They all were puzzled except for one girl, who spoke boldly with confidence.
"WRONG!!!" She proudly yelled over the class.

Well, though her answer wasn't "right, " technically she was just that.

~~
You might enjoy:
The Beginner's Class
The Wiggly Ones are the Happy Ones
I'm For the Children

Comments

Rick said…
Ha ha - thanks for putting a smile on my face Elizabeth !

A magical moment indeed !
texwisgirl said…
that is too cute. what a sweet story. :)
They are so cute at 5, telling it exactly as they believe! Cute story :)
Linda said…
Ha! I could see that coming when I read how the instructor phrased that question. So cute.
Hilary said…
Adorable. I'm glad you're a witness to their cuteness. It would be terrible for that to fall on deaf ears.

Popular posts from this blog

Magical Moment 620, "Lilac Garden"

Eddie and I visited the Lilac Gardens at Ringwood Manor in New Jersey, a pristine and beautiful state park with 8 species of lilacs and several varieties within. We went on a rainy afternoon, which turned out perfect because the rain stopped for us when we got there, and began again as soon as we left. It also decorated the plants with gorgeous rain drops, adding to their beauty. 






And now for a quick game of "Where's Elizabeth?"
And "Where's Eddie?"
~~Have a great weekend! ~~

Magical Moment 634, "Old Toy Trains"

Hello my blogosphere friends! I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year!
I would also like to share with you a video that I made over the Holidays so that you can catch up with my sweet Sprout and happy Jay Bird. Sprout will turn 3 in February and Jay Bird just passed 18 months! We are very happy in Atlanta and have recently settled into a new home. I'm truly wishing you all happiness, peace, and joy. This may be difficult to do at times, but it is certainly made easier surrounded by loved ones.



Peace my friends!
Love, Beth, Eddie, Sprout, and Jay Bird (Ricky and Elan)


Magical Moment 420, "The Critter Awards"

I'm nearly 28 and I still love to go to the zoo - even with no nieces or nephews to use as an excuse. I went to the Turtle Back Zoo in NJ with Eddie today. It was cold and rainy, but I thought I'd take the opportunity to have fun snapping photos of my favorite critters.
The Happiest Critter award goes to: Cassie the Sea Otter This is Cassie's first nomination as she is a new addition to the zoo. She thanks her parents for making her so cute, and the zoo keepers for feeding her and keeping her energy up to entertain the guests.
The Most Hypnotizing Critter award goes to: The Sea Horse The Sea Horse was also nominated for Brightest Critter.
The Brightest Critter award goes to: The Blue Fish The Blue Fish and the Sea Horse are considered rivals in many aspects, but personally maintain a good friendship. "We work together in our goal to inspire awe in our spectators," said the Blue Fish.
The Best Dressed Critter award goes to: The Peacock The Peacock has won this award sever…