When I found out my third baby was going to be a girl, I was SO EXCITED! Having two boys was fun, but this Southern mama wanted all the dresses and bonnets and bows that Southern babies manage to pull off with such charm. And what is the next logical stage of Southern girl? Ballet, of course! Pink tutus, tiny ballet shoes, it’s a Southern mama’s dream come true!
I enrolled Katherine Cobb as soon as she was able (2.5 at Children’s Ballet Theater!). Ya’ll, I cannot adequately express how cute she was in that tiny leotard. Children’s Ballet Theater requires the most traditional of ballet attire: an all pink with leotard with a skirt, pink tights, and pink shoes. It is the cutest.
Once she got started, I really appreciated the skills and techniques she was learning, even at the very beginning level. She knows first (pizza slice with her feet) and second position and how to do a plie. Plus they really work on those smooth, graceful movements that ballerinas are famous for. But my favorite part of the class was the beginning. All the teeny ballerinas would line up and, one by one, be acknowledged by the instructor and curtsy to them. It was a formal, elegant transition from the craziness that happens before class to the discipline and structure of a ballet class. It was super cute and interesting to watch every week. I was really happy with her semester, and have already signed her up for the fall!
Children’s Ballet Theater, a non profit directed by Mary Van Dyke, and the Tennessee Ballet Theater directed by Erin Walter, are now registering for fall classes for ages 2.5-18 years old PLUS adults! They offer a unique, classical ballet program in the Russian and French styles with uplifting, professional, and encouraging faculty. They offer pointe, varations, partnering, jazz, modern, lyrical, tap, and contemporary dance classes. The students perform in the highly acclaimed Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker at the GPAC in many of the lead roles, such as Clara and Columbine Doll. Plus, they perform in an annual Spring Concert.
They welcome you to their brand new home in East Memphis at 621 S. White Station. They are currently registering for fall classes that being in late August. Their new dance studio features a large, beautiful dance space with high ceilings, large windows, and a stage for dance and theater performance. Children’s Ballet Theater has taught students and professionals in Memphis, Tennessee for the last 15 years.
For information or to register visit: www.ChildrensBalletTheater.com.
Join the Children’s Ballet Theater for a fun Open House in their new home THIS SATURDAY from 1:00-2:30pm at 621 S White Station in East Memphis. Children and teens will enjoy performances (and creative movement/preballet for little ones), punch, and cookies. All the instructors will be on hand to answer any questions you have. It’s a great opportunity to see the new staff and answer any questions you may have before their Fall classes get going! Check it out!