She was most excited when she was told before Christmas that she needed character shoes as they are much coveted (but not as much as ribbons or pointe shoes). She was then disappointed not to wear them for the next eight weeks as the girls worked for a medal exam she was too young to do. So this week she finally got to wear them as they have started preparing for the next round of grading exams. She hasn't had them off her feet. We wait to see which, if any exam she is entered in, grade 2 or grade 3. She will just be happy to do an exam.