Parker has loved ballet and ballerinas for a long time. Well over a year ago she started requesting I put on the classical station so she could dance in her tutu and slippers. She walks around on her tippy toes (and I mean on top of her toes, just like a ballerina, except instead of toe shoes she's got converse). She's been entranced by commercials for the new movie Black Swan, she'll stop dead in her tracks and watch, when its over she'll turn to me and say breathlessly, "Oh Mama, doesn't dat wook beautiful?" (which is crazy to me, even the commercials look creepy and scary to me). But of course she would love it. It combines all of her favorite things: ballet and animals and people pretending to be animals. The swan costume is what really gets her. Its the same reason we've watched the peacock dance in the Nutcracker ballet a million times. I wish we could put her in a ballet class and we're trying to figure out a way to do it, but its not cheap. In the meantime, Daddy got the Black Swan soundtrack, we watch ballets on YouTube and Netflix and I let her dance the dance away.