We spent the afternoon at my granddaughter’s dance recital. Lizzie is almost four years old, but she is no stranger to dance recitals – she was in one last year. For those of you unfamiliar with the dance world — this means that Lizzie has been in dance lessons for two years – which is two years longer than I have ever been in dance lessons.
Lizzie changed dance instructors after last year’s recital because the type of dance being taught indicated that Lizzie would probably become a stripper or a pole dancer — which although these might be very lucrative careers — we really weren’t thrilled with the idea. It was apparent that other parents (particularly fathers) in the group were not quite as averse to this option for their daughters — I say apparent because of the whistles and “Yea baby” catcalls coming from the audience in response to 5 year olds doing a lot of bottom shaking and chest thrusting. Definitely not what I had anticipated for my granddaughter’s first dance recital.
This year, Lizzie was in a more traditional type of dance class — one which teaches ballet, tap and jazz dancing. It was quite enjoyable (although maybe a little long at 2 1/2 hours) and the girls weren’t dressed like they were attending a stripper convention in Vegas. Lizzie is in the youngest ballet class and they danced to “The Candy Man” – and as always with little girls that age — they were adorable. Lizzie spent most of her time dancing to a different tune — one only she could hear. She definitely thinks she is the only one being watched on the stage – and she has no fear. I didn’t see a lot of ballet steps from the group (particularly Lizzie) – but I also didn’t see any pole dancing moves either.
So – is Lizzie getting better after two years in dance? Well — let’s put it this way — last year she body-checked the little girl who was standing in her spot (definitely knows how to use her hips to get people out of her way) and in the finale, she sat on the edge of the stage with her finger up her nose. This year — no one was injured. Maybe next year, she won’t put her finger up her nose in the finale!