My son Jonah seems to love the arts including dance, theater, music and painting, which pleases his mom and dad a great deal.
We live near Lake Washington and like to go down to Madrona Beach to splash in the waves, dig out holes in the sand, and throw rocks. We also throw lots of sticks as far into the Lake as we can to entertain our Lab, Gede.
After getting his fill of all this fun, Jonah sometimes wanders over to the Madrona Bathhouse (1921) which houses dance classes and Spectrum Dance Theater. He loves to mount the stairs to the upper studio where the best dancers rehearse. One day this week, we saw an especially good group of ballerinas rehearsing classical French repetoire with a live piano accompaniment. Once Jonah sat down on the floor to watch, I knew we were in for a long session so I pulled up a chair.
When we got home later, we went out on our upper deck and Jonah made me sit in what he called the “front chaya” in order to watch him perform “bow-lay.” He jumped and spinned with the best of them. His jumps tried to imitate the quick whipping around of head and body that is standard technique for ballet and in his jumps he tried to do them pigeon-toed as he’d seen the dancers do it. When he was done, he was so pleased with himself that he laughed and applauded. It was a sight to behold!
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