Caedmon loves ballet as I’ve already established and I can tell you that when everything was on lockdown in the spring I had one moody upset boy who was just not himself. In early June Caedmon’s ballet school got approval to open with small classes and social distancing and masks and after his first class I got my happy Caedmon back again. His ballet company has continued to be innovative this summer and into this fall. They had small mini camps during the summer which Caedmon loved, especially the last afternoon of each session because he and the girl in his group would get to show off their dance to the big dancers. The ballet also set up a pen-pal system between the dancers and Caedmon wrote a number of letters to his favorite older dance Helen and she faithfully wrote back. Caedmon learned that one of the professional dancers from Miami City Ballet has been quarentining in the area and has been taking some classes at his ballet school so he started writing him as well.
The majority of ballet companies have had to cancel their fall and winter programs and shows but Centennial State Ballet has become really innovative and decided to film their shows and then will stream them for people to watch in their homes. They also worked with local businesses to promote them and to partner with them. The fall show is going to be Die Puppenfee which is also known as “The Fairy Doll” about a toy shop where at night the shop assistant gets locked in and all the toys come alive and dance. Caedmon and his two buddies are toy bunnies and they are so cute in their bunny costumes and fluffy tails. They filmed their parts last weekend and will wrap up the finale and final filming this weekend so that it can all be edited and ready to stream on September 26th at 2PM mountain time. Tickets to watch the streaming can be purchased here. It has really been neat to see the ideas and ways that they have worked hard to keep dance and the arts alive during this tough time.