Girl Lacer was dancing at a community arts festival this afternoon and all that ferrying to and fro from dance lessons and rehearsals is always worth it. Girl Lacer was in the youngest group and was very cute and then the older girls came on and they are always sooo good, a fantastic advertisement for the thousands of pounds of dance fees we’ll be paying for in the future, as unlike alot of Girl Lacer’s friends, who are growing out of the whole under 5 I want to be a ballet dancer thing, Girl Lacer shows no sign of wanting to quit, which much as I moan about the constant ferrying to and fro from dance lessons, is not a bad thing, as although I wouldn’t particularly want her to grow up to be a professional dancer (although if she wanted to be, I wouldn’t stop her, just as I wouldn’t stop her heading towards any career choice). What I do admire about all the children at the dance school, when they perform, is their confidence and professionalism, even amongst the 5 year olds and confidence and professionalism is two traits that I am very keen to encourage in Girl Lacer. And of course there’s the physical fitness and agility side of dancing to.
After watching the dancing we watched Girl Lacer’s school choir (that’ll no doubt be another thing she’ll be into as she gets older). Boy Lacer had been given the video camera to ‘look after’ and despite being shown how to shoot video with it, he was more interested in using the video camera’s still shooting facility, so whilst we waited for the choir to come on, Boy Lacer managed to fill the entire video camera card with photos and it was so sweet to watch. Girl Lacer, at 3, was a fairly snap happy child as well (although she was more into the medium of video) but she’d take video and photos of anything, there’d be no thought behind it, Boy Lacer on the other hand was obviously composing each shot, you could see the look of concentration before he found exactly the right angle he wanted, so although most of them weren’t ‘conventional’ photos, they obviously meant something to him. So me and Mr. Lacer have had a great time just now looking at Boy Lacer’s many, many shots, it was like seeing the event through his eyes, so lots of shots of grass, people’s crotches, people’s bags, quite a few shots of a table with some cans of coke on ( we don’t let the kids drink coke but it’s obvious to them that it’s mine and Mr. Lacer’s favourite drink, so unfortunately coke is probably developing the mystique to the kids, that alcohol and cigarettes would have for teenagers). We also had lots of rather good portraits of random people at the festival, me, Mr. Lacer and Girl Lacer, all looking up at us from Boy Lacer height and the children waiting on the stage to sing.