At the Dance School concert
three and four year olds danced
for admiring parents grandparents
aunts uncles cousins brothers sisters.
In tutus and ballet shoes across
the front of the stage they followed
the moves of a senior ballet girl
who led them through their
movements to cheerful music.
Behind them the principal and
another senior girl also danced
smiling at little girls who turned
around, encouraging them to face
the audience, retrieving the Downs
Syndrome child who skipped
away to the back of the stage.
Happy curtsies greeted the applause
then the little dancers filed off stage.
The Downs Syndrome child rushed
back for more applause, was carried off.
Their families were so proud.