Ballet was a big part of my life growing up. For 10 years I did countless pliés, jetés and pirouettes until one day I decided I wanted to play tennis and see my friends. Today I have the curled toes, daggy recital photos and fear of hairspray to remind me of my dancing days. God knows where my flexibility went.
Miss TT has danced from the moment she could move. She loves making up dance moves and throws everything in from ballet to breakdancing. When I say breakdancing, it’s really just shoulder spins. She likes to think she rivals the b-boys she’s seen on You Tube clips.
This year she asked to start dancing classes. I’m certainly no dance mum and don’t believe in pushing my kids into anything unless they really enjoy it. After only a few classes, she loves it. Luckily the dance school she goes to is very casual which for us is a great way to start. No uniform and classes cover all styles of dance.
Taking her to class in an old church hall brings back so many memories. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle things come Christmas recital time but seeing the smile on her face reminds me of how much I loved it when I was little.
If you’ve got a child crazy about ballet in your house, here are 14 ballet inspired gift ideas.
I love a local success story! This gorgeous ballet t-shirt from Hubble and Duke is screenprinted by hand in Fremantle, Western Australia. It’s available in size 6-12m up to 6 years and in 4 different designs (available to pre-order if sold out).
For the budding ballerina, these Hubble and Duke Ballet Moccs in soft pink are divine. Designed and handmade in Fremantle, Western Australia, sizes include 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months.
Of course I couldn’t have a themed gift guide without including books!
Budding ballerinas will love the books in the Ella Bella Ballerina range. They are beautifully illustrated with lovely stories. As soon as Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa’s magical musical box on the empty stage, she’s whisked off to magical adventures. Titles include Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Cinderella.
Josephine Wants To Dance is a beautiful and funny picture book about the importance of believing in yourself and realising your dreams.
Beautifully illustrated, the Princess Poppy range of books are just lovely (with Poppy learning many important lessons about friendship along the way).
If you’d like more ballet themed books, Megan at Children’s Books Daily has compiled a fantastic Top 10 Ballet Books list on her blog – you can find that here.
I loved my musical jewellery box when I was a kid and this Tiger Tribe version is so sweet. Lift the lid and the ballerina will twirl as the music plays The Nutcracker.
This range of ballet themed gifts would be very handy to take along to dance classes.
This ballerina drawing set is just beautiful. Handcrafted in Australia, it contains a notepad and your choice of either 5 crayons or 5 pencils in cosy little pockets.
Do you have a ballet-mad child in your house?
Any stories of past ballet heroics?
Care to share any dance recital photos?!
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