On Mother's Day 1999, my daughter Miriam and I attended Ballet Austin's production of Cinderella with a group of friends. Although she was only three and half years old, Miriam sat on the edge of her seat for the entire performance. That summer we enrolled her in Ballet Austin classes and purchased season tickets for the Family Series for the 2000 season.
I loved the idea of being able to have all the benefits of being a season ticket holder, without committing to a full season, especially for a four-year-old. Miriam, however, had different feelings about it.
In 2000, Ballet Austin Academy classes were held at the Firehouse, which had a large display case in the lobby. One day while waiting for class to begin she asked me about the display for the upcoming performance of Red Roses. I explained to her that we weren't going to see that one, that we had tickets for three of the ballets, and that was not one of them. Boy, was I in trouble. As far as she was concerned, if there was a ballet being performed, we needed to go see it.
As a result, we purchased the Family Series for just one season (and 2011 marks our tenth year as Full Series season ticket holders) – but without it, I'm not sure I would have been as willing to sign on for that initial season. For the past eleven years we have taken full advantage of the programs that are part of the Family Series including Kids Corps and Studio Spotlight.
Miriam loved attending the Kids Corps events, learning about the upcoming performances and meeting some of the dancers. Although she has aged out of those events, she still participates, volunteering with the young children at the events now.
Attending performances by Ballet Austin has become an important part of our family activities – and the Family Series option made it easy for us to give it a try so many years ago.
For more information about the 2010/11 Family Series, click here.