My girls are now six and two and a half. They are both in dance class. They love it. Shelby started last fall, and after watching Shelby in class and doing some of her dances, Alison started this spring.
With my husband and me never being ones to be in front of big crowds, we were a little worried how the whole recital thing would turn out. First, we had Shelby’s first recital in December. Would she go on stage, would she freeze or would she cry the whole way? She did great. She surprised me by actually smiling and doing her moves really well. She couldn’t wait to be on stage again.
Then Alison started lessons. Sometimes she would dance in class with her group and then other times she would be in her own little world and not do anything.
In June, we had both girls on stage. So I had to worry all over again. I was not worried at all about Shelby. I knew she would do as great as she did before and possibly even better since she had been there before. But what about the temperamental two-and-a-half-year-old who screams at the drop of a hat and who won’t do anything you want her to? How is she going to do? Will she get out there? Will she just stand there?
Well, of course, Shelby got out there and danced and smiled. Alison had to be coaxed a little at first, then she started shaking her stuff. She had the audience laughing with each great big twist that she did. She did great. In one dance she even had to stop and tell me as I stand backstage “Look, Mom, I’m dancing.” I gave her a great big hug after each dance and told her how proud I was of her.
They both are asking us when will it be time to go to dance class again. We tape the dance class and the recitals so they keep in practice. They love it. Thanks, Miss Amber.
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