There is no doubt about it that we are a busy family, but we take advantage of opportunities to hang out and enjoy one another. My daughters (ages 15, and 11) and I attended an amazing performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Friday evening. This was my third time seeing them perform, first time for my girls.
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater began in New York City in March of 1958 from a performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. It was led by Alvin Ailey along with a group of young talented African-American modern dancers. The Dance Theater has performed all over the world for 25 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on 6 continents and is still going strong.
On the car ride to the show, something really special happened. My daughters and I had great conversation and there was no bickering, or attitudes to deal with. They were feeling very open and used it as an opportunity to have some girl talk. We talked about boys, dating, self-esteem, values, AIDS, and teen pregnancy. I know, a lot of heavy topics. I never expected it but they were curious about some things, and who better to discuss it with than their mother. They will certainly hear a lot of things from friends at school but need to know the facts. One thing that I stress to them often, is KNOW YOUR WORTH and they know exactly what that means. It was great bonding time and it helped me to see that they are growing up. One of my daughter’s thought we should have a girls night out every weekend. Nice thought but that would be tough to pull off. Regardless, they know that I am always here for them and will make time to talk.
Our night began with dinner and good friends before the show. It was great seeing them.
We experienced three performances: Lift, D-Man in the Waters (Part I) and Revelations. The performances were an experience because each dance told a story. It was thought-provoking as we tried to interpret what was happening through the dance. My daughter whispered to me on a couple of occasions, “what do you think it means?” One of the performances almost moved her to tears.
The athleticism of the dancers was phenomenal. Several performances required that the men be shirtless. Let’s just say, the abs were impressive. Of course, all the dancers were in excellent physical shape. They made it all look so easy, but we know better. The passion, and commitment of the dancers was obvious in the beauty of their movements.
It was a relaxing evening. The only activity on our agenda was enjoying the arts through dance and we did.
Naturally, one of my daughters wants to be a dancer now. After googling it, she assured me that 11 is not too late to start dancing. I’m sure several other young ladies went home daydreaming about becoming a dancer. It was truly an inspiring performance and I was so happy to share it with my girls. Thanks to my hubby for 2nd row seats.
All thoughts and opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
How do you spend extra quality time with your kids?
Peace and Blessings,