Starlight Ballet-Rosemary Beach

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by Ashley Wallace aka “Shelley’s Favorite Sister”

We are all about Rosemary Beach and their fun, FREE, family-friendly activities! Our latest adventure was to see the Starlight Ballet.Ballet-1 The Starlight Ballet is held every year during the summer. It starts late at 8pm but the late hour is so that it will actually be dark outside! The sun sets super late in the summer, you know! The ballet takes place on the St. Augustine Green which is a beautiful lawn located in the back of Rosemary Beach. Everyone brings blankets, lawn chairs, even picnics and they sit and watch the ballet perform under the stars and moonlight! How lovely!lawn

As we got out of the car, you could see all of these families getting out as well with their chairs and baskets. It was really fun and exciting for the kids as we all walked down the beautiful tree-lined cobblestone streets back to St. Augustine Green. There was already quite a crowd when we got there at 7:45pm. We were still able to get a really good seat, though. The green also has a low stucco wall lining the park and benches if you would rather sit there. The performance featured the Northwest Florida Ballet Company as well as several international guest artists. The performance started with a traditional ballet piece – lots of ballerinas en pointe with tutus – that was all my girls needed! They were actually very good, even my boys were entertained!Ballet-3Ballet-2 Then there were two modern pieces which my boys thought were hilarious for some reason! The modern pieces were followed by parts from West Side Story Ballet. It was all very good, the kids loved it and the surroundings were lovely. That night, the moon was the closest that it will be for 25 more years and as we were watching the ballet, it rose behind the trees and then up into the sky. It was magical!B But the show did start at 8pm and that is LATE for little kids! Toddlers around us were melting down! They were rolling and screaming, poor babies! Even my husband and I were starting to melt down! Then my husband had a moment of sheer brilliance – he checked the program and saw that an intermission was coming up. “When the intermission starts, let’s get up and leave. The kids have had fun and they don’t know what an intermission is!” He is a genius! So as soon as West Side Story came to a close, we gave a heartfelt round of applause and as everyone got up to stretch their legs and move around, we got the heck out of Dodge! The kids never suspected a thing and just kept thanking us for taking us to the ballet. It ended up being the perfect time to leave –  we did not push the kids to melt down mode and they felt like they had seen the whole thing! Win!Win! or as Michael Scott would say, “Win, win, win!”

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