Emma started ballet a few weeks ago. She loves it!
Emma has new shoes of soft pink leather.
They are smooth enough to slide across the floor-
Chasse, chasse, chasse
and soft enough to tip toe tip toe in a circle
and light enough to leap and spin.
But dancing is more than shoes.
Emma has a new leotard and a pair of pink tights.
They are fuzzy enough to keep her muscles warm in a cold studio
and stretchy enough so she can bend and reach
plie, plie, grand plie.
But dancing is more than tights.
Emma has a new teacher - Miss Michelle.
She wears her hair in a bun, and plays beautiful soft music.
She teaches first position, point your toes.
Hold a beach ball in your arms, rounded just so.
But dancing is more than learning steps from a teacher.
Dancing takes practice, practice, and more practice.
It takes getting up and trying again after little slips
and not so graceful crashes.
And it takes love
So much love it fills your eyes and spills out over yous shoes until you can't be still.
But the shoes,
They're a great start.