COMPETITION

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.

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71 Comments Add yours

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    Such beautiful photographs, Cindy. The best of luck to your daughter!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, adee, she is not too anxious and quite relaxed about it all 🙂

  2. souldipper says:

    No matter what happens, this foray into the ballet world has sealed her grace and appreciation for culture. Well done, Mom! Poverty only need linger until the next chocolate cake!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I need a LOT of cake orders to cover this …

  3. Colleen says:

    Such a beautiful post. Such grace and poise in the photographs. Love it. Takes me back to when my girl was young and we were doing the same. I wish her the best. And you too. It is an expensive exercise….have a good weekend xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, Colly. love you xxx

  4. Tilly Bud says:

    SA does eisteddfods rather well, I remember.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They certainly are big news when they happen, Tilly 🙂

      1. Pseu says:

        I thought it was a Welsh thing….

      2. theonlycin says:

        Heaven knows how it hit our shores and became such an important event on our calendar?

  5. sonsothunder says:

    Girl, yes this looks good…I wish I had the patience to even attempt to make my bread look that good;I think I could…if I let it rise a few hours longer…I’m just impatient…and Up all night…which of course, means up all day your time..
    Heck, I’m usually up most of that too,,,
    Love roasted peppers, but, I’m the only one who would eat it around here, so not likely something I could brew.
    God Bless You
    paul

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pity for you, Paul, maybe make a small amount, it keeps well in the fridge?

      1. sonsothunder says:

        Yeah, I guess I was reading another one of your post when I commented on this one. But, looks like you knew that already.

  6. You must be very proud – best of luck to your daughter Cindy. Beautiful photos.
    Have a super Saturday.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      She just doesn’t realise how very proud I am of her, Mandy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The Oirish gave you lot a bit of a hiding, didn’t they? ;p

  7. Tandy says:

    she looks so elegant – and the hair colour is great 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s quite pink, as predicted … 😉

  8. SidevieW says:

    she should be relaxed, she has prepared, she is good and loves it. now is her time to enjoy!

    dads were happy here today 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Weren’t they just?

  9. Steffi says:

    Have a great weekend,Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Steffi, you too 🙂

  10. Tes says:

    I love ballet so much but didn’t have time for it when I was in school. Hah it’s must be nice if my mom was interested in caring for my dance class 😦

  11. Leeswammes says:

    Nice to read something new about life in Johannesburg. Good luck to your daughter.

  12. Good luck this weekend: what an air of excitement!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very much of excitement, Kate 🙂

  13. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful post, Cin. OB looks poised, relaxed, graceful . . . everything a ballet dancer should be! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      She’s a born hoofer, Nancy 🙂

  14. slpmartin says:

    One might imagine that some dad setup the schedule for the 2011 Ballet Eisteddfod so as not to have any conversations during the rugby battles in New Zealand. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, that could be the case, Charlie 😉

  15. ceciliag says:

    Oh I love the ballet shots. i used to have a standing job taking recital shots for a ballet school at home every year and I just loved it. The colour and the grace of those little children and their grown up conterparts. Rugby (and yes I am a NZer.. go all blacks, etc) has nothing on ballet! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      I listened to the rugby jubilation with half an ear, South Africans were very happy 🙂

  16. granny1947 says:

    Please tell me that is NOT OB!!!
    What happened to the little girl?

    1. theonlycin says:

      She grew into a giant troll, just like Supagran predicted she would …

  17. dearrosie says:

    Love the photo of your daughter! Its not easy to capture the grace of a ballet dancer while they’re dancing, but you did it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Rosie, I need to learn about motion blur 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Friday went well, Lee, next stop Tuesday 🙂

  18. gospelwriter says:

    Best of luck to the girl – well, all the girls, but her especially. 😉 …She looks great!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, she’s having fun 🙂

  19. johnlmalone says:

    it takes me back to when my daughter did ballet; because I did not follow sport and my wife worjed on satyrday mornings I always took her and watched her progress through ‘the classes’ ; a little later she changed to ice skating which took us on three overseas competitions, one in the US and tow in Hong Kong. They were exciting times

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gosh, I am sure they were exciting, John 🙂

  20. The Hook says:

    I like your phot-style, young lady!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mister Hook 🙂

  21. Linda says:

    Oh how exciting and fun. Best wishes.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was so proud of her, linda 🙂

  22. [shiver]…ooh, you’ve given me flashbacks. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      She did so well, Celia 🙂

  23. Ah, the mother and father thing is the same the world over, I guess.

    Nice photos.

    Best of luck to the “dort” …

    Hugs!
    Jamie Dedes

  24. Cin u liebstered. See today’s post. Hugs

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, I am honoured, Doc 🙂

  25. libraryscene says:

    What an exciting time, albeit exhausting for you. Your daughter carries a beautiful line, so lovely ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, libraryscene 🙂

  26. MissChris says:

    Madness, takes control! Enjoy – she is such a gorgeous girl!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      A bit of a handful, but aren’t all teens?

  27. Tokeloshe says:

    Great post!

    She has great confidence, poise and great upper body strength.
    Love the costume and color.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Good luck!

  28. Pseu says:

    Are ‘comments’ turned off on your latest post?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m not sure what happened, but Tandy fixed it for me, Pseu 🙂

  29. Naomi says:

    Beautiful post, Cindy! It takes me straight back to our childhood Eisteddfods (never seen this word in print before :-)) All the best to OB! Oh, and the Bokke!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, the Bokke sure are cleaning up today, poor Namibia, I am cringing for them!

  30. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    Great post!!

  31. lifeinarecipe says:

    As a former stage mom when my daughter was in theatre I recall making many snoods and things to hold up hair. Let me know if you need some made and I will dig out my pattern and make some for you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      That is very kind of you, Cindy. However, the RAD rules are strict here and they are only allowed to weat the invisible nylon nets. The other girls in the photo got into a spot of trouble at the rehearsal for not having the correct ones.

  32. Yay, luck, tons of it to your daughter. :)))

  33. klrs09 says:

    Good luck to your daughter! As my only child is a male, I can only equate your nervous anticipation and depleted pockets to how it was when he was playing hockey. Oh, but the memories!

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