Argh, little girls, their first tutu and leotards, plus their dreams to some day take a bow, on stage, in the spotlight. But, dancing is not only for girls. We’ve all heard that before. So if your little boy wants to dance or skip around with the other kids, why not let them? My son and everyone else in his class at daycare attend the Happy Feet session once a week. He loves it! He came home last term with a certificate for excellent participation. Let’s hope he enjoys dancing when he’s older and is able to show off some good skills to his partner.
We watched Network Ten’s new Once Upon a Dream last week and I can honestly say that I enjoyed it very much. Perhaps because I enjoy everything to do with proper music, dance and similar arts. This series shows you what happens behind the scenes of Swan Lake, plus more. We also see boys, little and big, get involved there, too. The pace of the episodes makes it quite enjoyable and at the end you wish you could be slipping into some ballet shoes to join a session!
Actor and ballet dad David Wenham
Once Upon A Dream is airing at 4pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Ten since last week. You can catch the first two episodes online. The 6-part documentary-style children’s series is hosted by actor, David Wenham (from Lord of The Rings, Australia, 300, Sea Change) in collaboration with The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School. David is dad to two little ballerinas of his own, and his partner is an ex-ballerina! The series aims to introduce the young ones to the world of ballet and shows what goes on when one embarks on the journey to become a dancer.
This one time at ballet school
This reminds me of when I was a little girl. Once upon a tropical island, I wanted to become a ballerina. I was 7 years old. There was a ballet school next door to my music school and I used to sit next to the window to watch the girls across the road practice their plié. My mum said I could join as long as it didn’t interfere or clash with my music classes. I bought my outfit but the school didn’t allow us to wear the flats until stage 2. First we learned to walk on tip-toe. Then learn in shoes etc.
I loved going to ballet class. But, to be honest, I wasn’t as much interested as I was in music. So I stopped and became a fan, an observer, instead. And then the following year, in 1986, my mum’s cousin surprised me with tickets to… wait for it…
I was only 8, and I went to see Giselle!!! A video of Giselle can be watched here. It’s very old!
This beautiful ballet tells us the story of Giselle, a peasant girl. After her premature death her ghost protects her lover from some evil fairy-like female spirits. In the balket that I went to Nina Ananiashvili danced as Giselle!
Mon Dieu! I saw Nina Ananiashvili dance! Nina Ananiashvili — the most awesome ballerina EVER.
I was the happiest 8 year old on Earth that night, I swear to God! See Nina dance below!
Disclaimer: I was sent some videos from Network Ten. Opinions are 200% my own. No payment exchanged.
Other family-friendly series that I got to watch in advance: Puppy in My Pocket (exclusive to Toasted Jnr! on Channel 11, 8.30am) and Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors.
I recommend both, although the second I would ask you to sit with your little one, just in case they’re not 100% comfy watching the wildlife on their own!
Do you or your little one like ballet?