Have you ever been to ballet or artistic performance? Growing up, I was very lucky to have the opportunity through the Girl Guides to attend many theatrical performance. I remember seeing dress rehearsals for big city productions, operas in Italian and choir practices. It was a fabulous experience, enriching me in culture, language and different artistic performance. When I had the opportunity to take my kids to the The Velveteen Rabbit at Canada’s Ballet Jorgen Studios, I jumped at the opportunity. When I told my children about the event, my DD3 literally jumped for joy! She began dancing around the room pretending to be a ballerina. My boys, on the other hand, were less then thrilled. The Ballet is for girls, they both complained, but decided they should go to support their sister.
These attitudes continued on the day of the performance. Due to a scheduling conflict, my mom took the children in place of me (which I was truly disappointed as I was looking forward to this performance!). She told me the boys looked bored as the show began, determined not to enjoy the experience. As the dancers took the stage, I don’t know if it was the lights, costumes or movements, but the boys began to take notice. From the start of the performance until the very end, all three of my children sat in awe.
” I loved the part where the bunny became a real live rabbit!” ~ DS6
” I liked the way they ‘germs’ danced around the boy when he was sick!” ~ DS8
” I liked when the toy top spun around very fast!” ~ DD3
It was very interesting seeing the boys reactions after the show. From excitement to awe, my children raved about the performance. DS6 even commented that he didn’t know boys could be ballerinas and maybe he should give it a shot. The inspirational led so far, that DD3 is now signed up for her first ballet class.
I can honestly say that The Velveteen Rabbit by Canada’s Ballet Jorgen Studios enriched my children’s lives and opened a door to new possibilities. If you are interested in sharing this experience with your children, you can purchase tickets on their website.
Saturday October 4, 2014 – 4pm
Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto
Presented by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen
1Heart1Family and Canada’s Ballet Jorgen Studios are proud to offer a chance for one reader to share this experience with their child.
A pair of ticket for the Saturday show
(one adult ticket and one children’s ticket)
Ends Sept 24, 2014
DIDN’T WIN??? No problem!! 1Heart1Family readers can obtain a 5% discount when they go to ticket Pro and enter the code VelveteenRDDP at time of purchase!