Monday, December 17, 2018

Great Niece Duty

Last night, Saturday night we met up with the widower of our late friend, the Fijian Indian, to celebrate his birthday at a pub. Ten people were there to celebrate, although most did not know it was his birthday. It was a great evening, and R won $40 on the pokie machines, well $45 but he put $5 back in and then sensibly took the $40.

Sunday morning we were up early to see great nieces' perform their dance routines, starting at 10am, an hour's drive away. It was a three and a half hour show with a twenty minute intermission and it was really terrific. The costumes were amazing, most of the performers really good. It was not unlike a School Spectacular. It was so professionally presented. Little Em, at about two and a half years old had two gigs, one as a doggie in How Much is that Doggie in the Window, and in another performance where she was mermaid. She was the youngest performer and didn't do too badly.

During the finale, family made the mistake of calling out to her, and so she knew where we were in the audience and kept moving from her stage position towards us. One of the senior performers pulled her back and took her offstage and then brought her back in her arms on the far side of the stage.

The whole thing would be repeated in the afternoon and we did not have the stamina for another three and a half hours, mostly the same but with some differences, so we missed seeing the oldest four year old great niece perform. They will be in the same group next year, so if we go, we will see them both.

The performances were of quite a high standard, costumes just brilliant, the lighting, sound and staging great. We had ballet, jazz ballet, hip hop, tap, rap, and all things in between. Did I mention that we saw three and a half hours of it.

Notes: The Frankston Civic Centre is great. Dance Lab, with a hundred or two hundred students is really good.  There was a good bit of tap dancing, which I thought might have been old fashioned. Tap dancers cannot exit the stage quietly. It was disappointing to see only about six boys among the hundred plus performers. None of them had the flair that is required for an on stage career. The oldest, a teenage lad, only performed in one rap number and the finale, and he was really quite good, and there was nothing feminine about his performance and so many young lads could do the same. Boys can be effeminate ballet dancers and can just dance brilliantly to rap music, and I expect some things in between. Get your sons and grandsons onto stage, Mrs Worthington.

Casting back two or three decades, for a number of years at the same venue we saw Firefighting Nephew, Oldest Niece and Hippie Niece perform on the same stage. Now we see their children. All has changed, but nothing has changed.

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  1. I'm a bit of a grump attending these family things!

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    1. Jackie, I don't know if I would make quite the effort if not for R.

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  2. Well done you. I suspect I would have wimped out of a three and a half hour performance.
    Sad that there were so few male dancers. They can be awe inspiring. And I remember seeing Tap Dogs with real pleasure.

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    1. Loved seeing Tap Dogs. One solo tapper in the show was just brilliant, the best I have seen. Because the entertainment value was high, it wasn't too bad for such a period.

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  3. Full of admiration. You are the number one uncles.

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    1. I reckon we are Marie, but they don't seem so convinced.

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  4. How wonderful for the children to perform, and for their family and friends in the audience. Such a great thing these concerts are for children. I think they are fantastic.

    Tap dancing is fabulous...I've always loved it. There is something quite special about it. As I've mentioned often in posts...I love all varieties of dance.

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    1. Lee, dance is probably my favourite thing to watch, perhaps not so much ballet, but more modern dance.

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  5. I agree with Elephant's Child and I loved Tap Dogs too.

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    1. Cheryl, makes three of us. I wonder what happened to them.

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  6. I went to Savi's Dance Class Program for Santa. It was well done and the children were super, but happily it lasted only 55 minutes!
    The children were all great, including a class of 8 boy hip hop dancers.
    Now here I must make an observation. There was a young boy (maybe age 6-7) he was in a dress shirt, dress trousers and a tie. I spoke to him and he told me that he would rather be in Savi's ballet class. He does not like hip hop. He was a quiet child, more reserved than the other boys in his group.
    His mother lamented that she is trying to toughen him up.
    Good heavens! Why is it that some parents feel the need to make their children into something they aren't.
    Santa was quite good and a hit with the kids.
    Savi also does tap.

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    1. Maribeth, watching quite young ones does need to be shorter. Is is a shame about the boy, especially so if he has aptitude for ballet. Totally agree with making children into something they are not, like Father and school trying to make me into a sports person. Yes, at times they will get a hard time for doing girlie things, but kids get a hard time for all sorts of reasons.

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  7. 3 and 1/2 hours you did well but I enjoy these sort of things but havn't been to one for such a long time.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, in a few years you too might be back attending such things.

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  8. Good on you for supporting the concert.

    I did ballet for 14 years with the Borovanskys in Melbourne and loved watching other people do jazz ballet and tap. But I had never heard of hip hop or rap, and probably wouldn't have been allowed to do it anyway.

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    1. Hels, yes, I am not sure parents of the vintage of yours would not have been terribly impressed with rap and hip hop. In fact, I don't think you would be, but it is a dance skill that has to be learnt.

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  9. Three and a half hours min the one seat would have me snoring these days. I remember watching my grandkids in their end of year show. Grand daughter E and grandson S, both started at age three and continued until age eleven. S said it was great, the flexibility and balance needed for dance helped him a lot with his soccer playing. I agree more boys need to be introduced to dancing, but if they aren't keen, forcing the issue won't help and they will just resent you.

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    1. River, we would have dropped off too if it was in the afternoon, but a bit different mostly in the morning. But it was all so quick and high energy, as well as slick, the time passed quickly enough. Yes, forcing won't work, but active encouragement and pointing out good role models, such as S with his experience of dance helping him with soccer is such a good thing.

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  10. oh my goodness, three and one half hours? How did you sit so long? I would not be able to do that, I doubt although it sounds fabulous by your description.

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    1. Strayer, the seats were quite comfortable and there was an intermission of 20 minutes. We were dreading it but it wasn't as bad as we thought.

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