On Saturday, my budding 4 year old ballerina was treated to seats at The Washington Ballet’s amazing production of Alice in Wonderland. This was the second full-length ballet my daughter has attended, but the first that inspired her to gasp “I love ballet” during a quiet moment in the show. And she wasn’t the only one with these feelings.

The dancing in Alice in Wonderland absolutely captivated an audience dotted with young members. The imaginative costumes, exciting dances, and fast pace of the show kept everyone guessing if this show could keep this up. And yes, it did! Alice grew, doors shrunk, dancers practically flew around the stage.

Although Alice in Wonderland has closed, it’s not too late for young audiences to catch The Washington Ballet in action. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is being performed at Imagination Stage on June 23 and 24.

Before the show started on Saturday, Artistic Director Septime Webre announced the Ballet’s 2012-2013 season. Among other shows, audiences will be treated to Cinderella from March 20 – 24, 2013 at the Kennedy Center. I’ve got the dates marked on my calendar already.

I’m guessing more than one child in the audience with my daughter and I decided to become a professional dancer. Here’s hoping his or her dream comes true.

The Washington Ballet provided my daughter and I complimentary tickets to the Saturday afternoon performance of Alice in Wonderland. I know we’ll be returning to at least a few shows in their 2012-2013 season, and I encourage others to take their children as well.

Elaine keeps an online journal of her life with her young children at Connor and Helen Grow Up!