Celebrating Our Ballet Dad
When there are little dancers, there will also be dance parents. For our family, we have our ballet dad. And we appreciate him so much for that.
Our eldest daughter Dindin celebrated five years of studying ballet at the Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance — a well-known dance school here in Bacolod City. But she’s not the only one having an anniversary. How long she has stayed in ballet school is also the same amount of time that hubby has been a ballet dad.
Dindin started studying ballet in April 2013, when she was four years old. She attended the summer dance workshop. I remember she was so cute in her new tights, leotards, and tutu skirt. Everything that she wore was in pink.
She was a lovely dancer at 4 years old and she loved ballet and her teachers, so we decided to let her continue.
Eventually, Dindin had a younger sister, Shane. Sometimes, we would go to the ballet school together as a family, bringing little Shane with us. Since she was exposed to ballet ever since she can remember, it seemed inevitable that Shane would eventually go to ballet school as well.
Fast forward four and a half years later, Din was joined by Shane, who was now in the beginner’s class. Dindin, naturally, had already moved up several times.
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We were just very happy that they had the same schedule even if they belonged to different classes because, at least, Papa can drive them together at the same time.
In our home, we have no helper and driver, so it’s pretty much hubby and I who do everything for the kids. So before the kids leave for ballet, I feed them, put them in proper ballet attire, pack their bags, and of course, tie their hair up into the standard ballet bun.
When they come back after, I make sure that they have hot water for their baths and then prepare them for dinner time.
While I take care of all their “before and after” routines, it is their Dad who takes them to ballet school and waits for them to be done. He does not come home anymore because, although our house is quite near the school, the traffic congestion will just eat up his time. And he will just waste gas.
So he stays at the waiting area of the school or sometimes in the car, enduring boredom for an hour or so, until his girls are ready to go home. This he does, twice a week, just so his girls could study dance.
While you might think that it’s not that hard a task to do, I want to honor him because of the sacrifices that he’s done for the girls. Dindin does not only study ballet, she also has voice lessons, golf lessons, theater, art, etc. So who drives her? Dad, of course. Although, it’s not yet Father’s Day, you deserve this Dad.
So, to our super Dad, thank you. Thank you for your love and your commitment to this family. Thank you for taking care of the girls and allowing them to study and shine in the fields that they are good in. We love you to bits, though, I know that sometimes we make your crazy. haha Love love!
We let our kids continue dance for their over all development. And since we are homeschooling in Bacolod, it is one of their extra curricular activities as well as makes up for their physical education.
We also believe that there are different types of learners and the performing arts is one aspect of learning.
Note: Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance is located at 17th-Lacson Streets, Bacolod City, Philippines.