Little LadyBug and I left here for NYC on Wednesday morning - early. We met the ballet teacher and 4 teenagers at the airport. Our flight was uneventful and everything went without a hitch.
LLB and I were dropped off at American Girl Place in plenty of time to meet our friends. LLB was so excited to see hear dear friend, R!! We had lunch - delicious! We saw the show - absolutely terrific! We shopped!! LLB got a Josephina and 2 outfits. We had everything shipped home so that we wouldn't have to carry it all over NYC and home on the plane. I'm such a smart mommy!
We left our friends at about 4:15pm and walked up 5th Ave. window shopping as we went. The clothes are gorgeous. We were supposed to meet the ballet teacher and the rest of the kids at Broadway Dance. When we finally got to the viewing area outside the classroom one of our teenagers was sitting outside the room. I asked her why she wasn't dancing. It seems the teacher asked her to leave. I was appalled! Then we watched 4 other students get asked to leave. That kind of left a bad taste in my mouth... Eventually 3 of our teenagers were watching the class with us - they said it was way too hard and that the teacher was gunning for them. We visited and chatted while we waited for the others.
That night we saw Sourcing Stravinsky - a modern dance recital - at a small theater someplace. The show was terrific! The dancing was phenomenal. We were absolutely pooped and headed back to our apartment for bed.
Thursday morning we had our first class at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center. What a beautiful facility!! The teacher was excellent and spent a lot of time with LLB. Technically, she was too young for that class, but we got special dispensation for her and she held her own quite well. She enjoyed herself immensely in that class!! The dancers in that class were absolutely terrific and they were all wonderful and sweet to my LLB and the other kids.
That afternoon we headed back to Broadway Dance for a Jazz class. Again, I was not impressed and the kids couldn't wait for the class to end. They did learn a few things but when they got out of class they talked about the people in the class not what they had learned. A complete flip flop from the earlier Ailey experience.
That evening we saw Avenue Q. If any of you have a chance to see it - spend the money and go! It is the funniest thing I have ever seen. We all loved it! It is not appropriate for young children. The language is a bit to be desired and there are a couple of other things that are inappropriate for younger viewers. I'd say it's PG 13. LLB loved it and would see it again, so those two things didn't bother her at all.
Friday we went to Peridance for ballet. LLB enjoyed her class very much. Then it was off to China Town for shopping and lunch. LLB got a gorgeous silk jacket, a pair of $3 slippers, 2 sparkly barrettes, a pink NYC sweatshirt, and we even found a grey NYC t-shirt for #1 son.
That night we saw the Lion King on Broadway. It was a very nice production. Excellent singing and dancing. The only thing we didn't like was that we were seated right under the air conditioner. We FROZE! We complained, but we were told that the rest of the theater was sweating. We offered to trade seats, but...
A rainy rainy Saturday brought us back to Ailey. They all took Afro-Jazz. That was LLB's favorite class! We hit the bagel place for lunch and then LLB went to Ailey for Hip Hop while the others went to Broadway Dance for another class. LLB learned some cool moves and thoroughly enjoyed her class. The teacher was sweet and moved LLB to the front because she is so tiny. The teacher stopped me after the class and said that my LLB is a terrific kid and a real trooper. (That she was... she was 10yrs old in a class of grown-ups who have been taking the class since September!!) LLB is a fast learner and wow!! she did great!
We had tickets for the 10:30 showing of Stomp! What a great great show. We were in the front row. It was phenomenal! The performers didn't say a word, but they were so expressive that you could tell exactly what they were saying... See Stomp!
Sunday was our day to come home and LLB and I were definitely ready. We are country mice and we like our fresh air, green grass, and space. We hopped an earlier flight.
It is fun to go away, but coming home is the best!
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