Thursday, December 13, 2012

Parent Observation Day

Today was parent observation day in the girls' dance classes.  They were happy I was going to be able to come in and watch them, but when they found out Robby was going to be there, too, they were thrilled.

It was interesting to see the difference between the two classes in terms of the different ages/levels and also the difference in both girls in terms of their personalities.

Handley's class was first.  She was so serious during class and at times seems to be in La-La Land.  That didn't surprise me though...she is a daydreamer and I am used to having to bring her back to reality.  Her mind is just constantly going and pondering and thinking.  If she missed a beat or two, she quickly would jump back into what she was supposed to be doing and did it beautifully.  She always tries to make things she does perfect, and it was apparent in her dancing tonight.  She really did try her best and listened closely to the critiques from her teacher.  Unlike Harper, she is not taking the class with a friend so I think that may have a little something to do with her personality during the class.  She has met a few of the girls though and seems very friendly with them.  Also, because the girls in Handley's class are older 5-6 year olds, they are focusing more on technique and while their class is fun, it is more structured.

Harper's class was completely different.  The mood is much lighter and the atmosphere is FUN!  Her class is 3-4 year olds so the teacher knows just how to keep them entertained and focused while they are learning.  Harper's best friend, Reece, is in the class with her as well as a few other girls she knows.  They do a lot of singing while dancing and as they are learning basic steps, they are playing games.  Harper always has an excitement for life and seeing her dance around tonight was no exception.  She does what she is supposed to, but does it without thinking and just lets herself go.  It's so cute to watch!

I can't get my videos to work right now, so hoping I can get them on tomorrow.

1 comment:

Alison said...

It is so funny to read your description of the class and personalities. It is exactly the same with Finnan and a tee! They are adorable in their ballet outfits!