This week is an anomaly; we have a holiday from ballet.
Well, at least the Diva does.
For me it is just another week of e-mailing and organizing. It is another week of reminding parents that they need to buy their tickets "now." Another week of promoting the Nutcracker to anyone and everyone who will listen. Just one more week in which I attempt to sell "words of encouragement/support" ads to the parents to help fund the printing of the program. As the head of the parents group, for me, the work doesn't stop until the Nutcracker ends.. and then, in January, it starts all over again for the May performance.But this is work I love. This is work I do to ensure that the Diva knows that I support her dreams; that I am involved in her passion of ballet.By the time all is said and done, I will have sent dozens of e-mail, circulated over 200 flyers, bought over 30 tickets for school friends and their families, and done all that I possibly could to support this production of the Nutcracker. The girls put so much time and effort into the performance, it is my pleasure to do all that I can to support the production.But I am a rarity.There are 48 moms and 48 dads with dancers at this school. Yet the work to support the production, all the volunteer work, is accomplished by less than 25% of the parents. Of those 25% the majority come from the Diva's class and the class below hers.I find this beyond frustrating at times. I find it baffling and confusing.The parents the volunteer are working parents. They put in their 40 plus hours in the office and then put in a few more hours at ballet. Why? Because this is what their daughters and sons do. This is the activity that they love.I have yet to understand how parents can not help out? How can they sit and watch or do nothing? And we are talking "nothing." I know one mother who has been a part of this program for 4.5 years and who has never done anything to help. Nothing! Not even posting a flyer for the performance. We are seriously talking "nothing."Yes, the tuition is high. yes, it is a lot to ensure your child is there at the right times and with the right clothes etc. But how can one not be actively a part of something that these dancers love so much?I bite my tongue and do what needs to be done. I send my e-mail, ensure the flyers are distributed, annoy parents with the ballet reminders and information... and do all that I can to help out. I spend my Saturday steaming costumes... and when the performance arrives, I will sit back and watch the dancers perform knowing that I played some small part - knowing that they are doing exactly what they love doing. The time I gave is worth it to see how they shine on stage!