You can’t find a hair-net in Johannesburg for love or money, all the stores are sold out. It’s the start-up weekend of the 2011 Ballet Eisteddfod, which will continue into mid-October, and mothers everywhere are sitting in halls across the country, doing hair into buns, sewing ribbons and skirt hems and waiting for hours while their daughters rehearse. Bank accounts have been cleaned out by the purchases of new satin shoes, costumes and entry fees. Competition is rife, but so is camaraderie; these girls are a tribe apart.
Although there is a nervous energy in the air, the dancers are confident; they know that they have been selected out of their respective ballet schools because their teachers deem them worthy.
The fathers, of course, are nowhere to be seen; they are glued to their television screens to watch our national rugby team do battle today in New Zealand. Nervous energy is much stronger among these dads …
This is my contribution to Side View’s weekend theme.