Today I took Kate to Bass Performance Hall for her very first ballet. The Texas Ballet Theater presented Sleeping Beauty, and today they had a special matinee performance called Tutus & Tiaras. There were special tables set up for girls to make a tiara, get cookies and bracelets, they could sit in a real carriage for a photo op, and they were able to meet a couple of the performers as well.
She kept her hands over her ears for the first 10 minutes or so, but eventually she relaxed her arms and the second the first dancers came out on stage her eyes lit up and she kind of gasped. I knew she was going to love it after that. So she spent the remained of the performance (we are talking 3 hours: 4 acts and 3 intermissions) whispering to me:
"Oooh, she's my favoite!"
"I like the blue dress."
"How do they dance so gracefully?"
"Oh, that one is my favorite!"
"This is my favorite dance."
"I love the purple dress."
"This is my favorite dance!"
"I can't do that."
"How do they make the songs with those instruments?"
"I like the Queen."
"This one is my favorite."
"They jump really high."
She also danced around here and there, because she simply couldn't contain herself. Thankfully the guy sitting in the chair next to hers didn't seem to mind. That's the other great thing about the box seats - you have a lot more room than the regular seats so you're not so easily bothered by people. We were up pretty high, on the third level, so we had a great view of the whole theater. However, this also meant that when Kate was twirling around during one of the intermissions trying to show me her ballerina moves, the candy bracelet that they gave her downstairs went flying off her arm and landed on either an unsuspecting attendee or somewhere in the orchestra pit. I chose not to lean over an see where it landed because I didn't want to get a dirty look. It was pretty funny though.
After the ballet, we were both pretty hungry so we headed out into Sundance Square because Kate wanted to eat there instead of coming home. We walked over to Five Guys and had a burger, and then across the street to get some gelato. We circled back around to the fountains and finished our dessert, than Kate proceeded to dance and run around for a little while. It wasn't crowded at all and the weather was beautiful, so I let her entertain herself. In fact, I had to force her to leave because she wanted to keep playing and looking at the big buildings. She even said she wanted to live in one of them, so perhaps my dream of living downtown may someday be a reality after all.