Ballet Recital

Ballet Recital

“Ouch!” Emmy squawked as I brushed her hair up into a pony tail. I looped the pony tail holder around several times, and then I squawked when I saw an unruly clump of hair sticking out of the back of Emmy’s head. Emmy was not happy when I took the rubber band out of her hair to start over. I smoothed hair gel into her pony tail and pinned it up into the required bun. This time, there were no clumps.

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Emmy’s long eyelashes blinked furiously as I tried to put a touch of mascara on them. I swept a little blush on her cheeks, she stepped into her tutu, and she was ready to go dance!

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As usual, Mommy was more anxious than Ballerina. I was a bundle of nerves as we headed out the door…not so much about her performance, but more about the long wait she would have before she went on stage. I would be in the audience watching the show. What if she got nervous and wanted me? What if she needed to go potty? What if she lost her shoes?

While I was waiting for the show to start, I went out into the lobby to order the DVD. I didn’t want to be looking at a glowing digital screen during Emmy’s performance. I wanted to be fully present and accounted for. I’ve been guilty of staring at a screen full of pixels while trying to record my daughter’s special moments. This time, I wanted to see her dance with my own eyes.

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Emmy is smack dab in the middle.

Emmy held my rapt attention the entire time. Her little chubby five year old legs tip-toed back and forth across the stage to Kermit singing “The Rainbow Connection.” At the end of their dance, I could see her face beaming as the audience clapped for all the little girls.

Another dance recital, done.

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I’m writing about “4.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: Dance.” for Writer’s Workshop today.

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28 Responses to Ballet Recital

  1. gina says:

    I have been meaning to stop by for so long but I've been so behind on my reading. She is so beautiful and those eyes!!! I was thinking about the whole taping versus real watching. I used to tape all my kids sports and you do miss the moment. I'm glad you were Smack dab in the middle for this one!

  2. OneMommy says:

    She looked beautiful!
    I would be the same way, more nervous than the ballerina… Kids are tough!
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  3. How so very cute! Aww, I miss the days when my 2 girls were in ballet too. But it got to be too much for us, what with the performances outside of the studio – for recruiting purposes… I think I might consider putting them in ballet again as long as we don't have to do "recruting performances."

  4. debby9972 says:

    I remember those days well. I remember feeling that same way. What a great song too! Glad it all went well for her.

  5. jerralea says:

    Good for you on not taking pictures. I don't know how many of my girls special moments were lost because of trying to take pictures. How much better to order a DVD!

    Your Emmy looks sweet!
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  6. May says:

    Oh, Ginny, my girls were dancers. Danced right on through Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. This took me back to the beginning and left me with a sigh!

  7. bnatividad says:

    Yay for Emmy! I totally know what you mean about being present. Sometimes instead of just experiencing the experience, I'm so busy tweeting about it. I'm glad they offered DVDs!
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  8. Dana says:

    So precious – what a great memory! My daughter took one dance class when she was four, and declared that was something she never wanted to do again. Guess we can't all be ballerinas :)
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  9. tamaralikecamera says:

    I remember being the little ballerina, although it didn't work for me in the long run and I quit long before my two sisters were finished with their recitals and tutus and braids. My daughter wants to take ballet in the fall and I forsee a lot of what you described in our future!
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  10. Jeanne says:

    Awww! This post brings back a lot of memories. My daughter was in dance from K through 9th grade. She absolutely love it!
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  11. LisaAndAshley says:

    Love it! We, too, are big fans of the professional DVD from dance recitals…nothing beats sitting back and watching! Your sweet girl looks adorable! :)-The Dose Girls
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  12. Savannah says:

    She is just beautiful. I remember doing my daughter's hair for ballet. It was always a very trying experience.
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  13. I love the photos! I understand what it's like not to be fully present because I'm staring at a bunch of pixels. Looks like all that mommy worry was for nought because she did a fantastic job. Beautiful!
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