19 March 2012 Zoe’s First Ballet Recital, Pt. 1
Yesterday was the day that Zoe had waited for the longest in her short 4-year-old life, her ballet recital. She’s only been doing ballet for about 4 months, but she took to it like a natural. She goes to one of the major ballet schools in Kyoto, and this was their big yearly performance for everyone from pre-schoolers (Zoe) up to junior high. It was Sleeping Beauty. We were forbidden to take photos or videos of the actual performance so that we would have to buy overpriced, under-quality shots and DVDs taken by professionals, but they foolishly told us that we could take photos during rehearsals, which took place on the morning of the performance. There were about 5 moms with cell phone cameras and little ol’ me, with full Nikon regalia. My shots will end up being much better than the pro’s, because I moved around close to the stage and got good angles, and concentrated on getting photos of both Zoe and her classmates as opposed to the stars of the show.
Here are shots from Act 1. More later from Act 3 later.