For the Lovers of Ballet

I love ballet. It’s so graceful. And I love that my daughter is way more graceful than I could ever be, even if it’s not her dream to be a professional dancer.

dancel1They put on this year’s dance performance, which is called “Un Spectacle,” and which is pronounced speck-tahk-le.

dancel3This is one of the rehearsals in the smaller (but nicer ) auditorium.

dancel2And this is the dress rehearsal, where I was behind the scenes.

dance08Finally . . . the performance.

dance01“J’ai le trac!” she says.

dance07(I have stage fright).

dance06The performance encompassed children of all ages, with two adults from a nearby conservatory to help out.

dance21There was the lone high school student, who danced two solos and two pas de deux with the assistant partner – we are a pretty small city/town.

dance12And all the other children together performed the four seasons.






(The lone boy)

dance13And Spring!

dance17Juliet! My Juliet!





I might have cried. Or cheered. Or both.

dance18Oh yes, and Summer.

dance20I was so, so proud of – not only my daughter – but the entire conservatory who worked so hard to pull this performance off.

dance23We have some college students staying with us from our church in Atlanta. Juliet was so excited to have them come watch.

dance26I can’t help getting teary. I love ballet!

dance25And I love her.dance24


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I am the daughter of a symphony musician who was raised in upstate New York, and I simply breathe all things classical, be it music or 19th century literature (English and Russian). I married Sir Renaissance in New York City, and before I knew it, he had swept me up and brought me back home to his own country. So here we are. Three children, a rather ordinary life in a rather exceptional place. I am now ‘A Lady in France.’

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27 comments on “For the Lovers of Ballet
  1. Alison says:

    Aw, she’s so beautiful! I feel so privileged that she showed me some of her graceful moves. :)
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  2. This is so sweet. Your daughter is beautiful. The pictures really capture her gracefulness. I love how you are cheering and getting teary, I totally get it.
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  3. Emily Webb says:

    She is the most grateful one!

  4. I love the ballet journey you took us on! She is so graceful, I’m in awe! xoxox
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  5. Andrea says:

    I love ballet, too. You have every reason to tear up.

    Juliet is beautiful! She looks like a ballerina.

    My ballerina favors tap and street funk these days. :)
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  6. Elaine A. says:

    She is gorgeous and graceful! This is so beautiful!!

  7. Ann says:

    How wonderful! I remember taking dance lessons for a bit; I was terrified to dance in front of an audience too. But once the lights went up, I remember that the fear turned to excitement & I couldn’t wait to get up on stage again!
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  8. So lovely!
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  9. Jennifer says:

    She is a beautiful ballerina, and I LOVE her freckles. So adorable.
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  10. Tonya says:

    WHat is it about ballet and little girls? Beautiful photos.
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  11. Natalie D says:

    Oh, j’adore ballet aussi! My best friend growing up was a dancer, and it made me wish I were as graceful. Your daughter has a lovely presence.
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  12. angela says:

    She is so lovely.

    I adore ballet. Abbey is into it again, and that makes me happy, though I am trying to be objective about all of her activities 😉
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    • ladyjennie says:

      I know! I’m trying not to put my dreams onto her, and I think I’m doing pretty well, I must say. Now if only I could stop getting frustrated that she has the same weaknesses that I have (i.e. cleaning her room). 😉

  13. Kim says:

    I would have cried or cheered or both, too. So lovely! :)
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  14. Oh she is stunning. Her little shy smile is beyond words. xo
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  15. Tricia says:

    Beautiful! I lived for ballet when I was younger. Adolescence was hard and I left it then and will forever miss the way it was such a big part of my life. My daughter does it now and just chose it (again) over gymnastics for next year. I’d never push her towards it but my heart is rejoicing that she loves it as I did.
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  16. absolutely beautiful, Lady J.

    She is stunning.))))

    I LOVE ballet. In my youth, I wanted to be Margot Fonteyn. xxx
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  17. So lovely, your Juliet.
    I wish I had her grace. Or any :-)

    Popping in to say Hello then dashing back out again.
    Summer is busy and wonderful and busy.

    And did I mention busy?
    I miss writing and quiet.

    And you.
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  18. Jen says:

    Oh my heart. I could look at ballet pictures and videos all day. I adore ballet and pointe as a former dancer. I am so grateful that my daughters love ballet as well. Juliet is a wonderful dancer. I always cry during performances. I think it should be a requirement. :)
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  19. Estelle says:

    She is such a sweetheart and looks adorable in her costume. I love ballet, too, but it really takes it up a notch when its your little darling doing the dance moves.
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  20. Nina says:

    Beautiful! I love the costumes and grace so apparent in this photos.
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  21. Kristin Shaw says:

    So beautiful! This made me tear up a little, thinking of my ballet days when I was a little girl. I love those little tutus. :)
    She is so sweet, Jennie. Loved these photos. xo
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  22. So elegant! So beautiful!
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