Last night my six year old’s baton school had their recital. She was, of course, cute as can be and kept her performer’s smile on the whole time. She didn’t even drop her baton.
When she first wanted to take baton, I rolled my eyes. I am a ballet person. I wanted her to continue her classical ballet education. But baton is cheaper and right after school, which meant no more driving to Vestavia every Wednesday evening. Half the time I didn’t even have to go get her because a friend would bring her home.
But seeing what baton has done for her coordination and confidence changed my mind. Plus, a Crimsonette performed for us (she was good but not great), the Head Majorette of Auburn University performed (she was really good), and then Lindsay Aderholt, a UAB Majorette, blew the roof off the place. I have never seen anything like it. Ballet, physical fitness, and coordination–twirling and juggling five batons at once! My four year old said it was just like when Shadowhelm was juggling balls at Buck Creek Festival!
So when your kid wants to do baton don’t roll your eyes or giggle. Because some day it could be awesome.