The lead up to Christmas last month was hectic to say the least, but to see our term of hard work come together in our December production of Sleeping Beauty made everything so worth it. For me, the best moments were seeing my kids on stage, remembering everything and actually smiling enjoying themselves! It was clear to see that being around the ‘big girls’ really inspired the little ones and re-affirmed the reason for coming to ballet class.
The theatre was amazing and the huge team of volunteers we had made everything run as seamlessly as possible, but I’m glad I have had previous experience of typical backstage panics back in Essex with Central School of Dance and Chelmsford Ballet Company – you can never practice quick changes enough!
Apart from the show weekend, I managed to fit in some very picturesque Christmas shopping trips, including one to Qibao Old Street – an absolutely beautiful tourist spot with lots of little market streets. If you have a weak stomach, I wouldn’t recommend the street food section.
We also spent an evening at the Jing’an German Christkindlmarkt which was perfectly festive and, again, always amusing to see all the Westerners gathered in one place. Overall, a really nice December and I’m going to miss the festive fruit punch!