Friday, January 23, 2009

K

Last Summer K enjoyed a week long Dance Day Camp, but she was hesitant to sign up this Fall. I am a firm believer in letting my children explore many different types of activities at this age so they can discover their gifts--so I did not push it.

She came to me this Fall, weeks after classes had begun, to ask if I would let her take 'ballerina lessons' again. I waited a couple of weeks to see if she brought it up again, and she did, multiple times. It just so happens a 4 year old girl had dropped out of one of their afternoon classes, so K was allowed to join in mid-December. I was informed that there would be a January recital and a May one, so I just assumed we would be making our big stage debut in the Spring.

K had other plans. After the first class her teachers informed me that she was a quick study. They thought she could join the other girls on stage for the January show. At the time I was hesitant...could she really do this after only 4 classes? Then, we spent the better part of the last month with horrible coughs, ear infections and breathing treatments. K missed the last two classes.

I had a sit down conversation with K Tuesday and explained that she would probably not dance this time, but I would certainly take her to watch. She assured me that she really wanted to try.

"I just love being on the stage, Mama. Please can I do it?"

The dance instructor was supportive and so this afternoon we went to dress rehearsal.



The minute she hit the stage she started beaming...


...and she never stopped.


I once had a love for the spotlight in community theater. I was in everything the Springer Opera House put on stage between 1986-1989. Then, I discovered cheerleading and boys.

Hopefully it will be a long time before K experiences such distractions! Maybe hers will be soccer or music or art. We'll see.

Until then, I suppose I am a stage Mom!

I love seeing her so happy.

23 comments:

Momintransition said...

So very precious! I took ballet for many years and my heart melts to see little ones enjoying it like I remember. Thank you for sharing K's joy with us!

R said...

my 3-year-old started ballet this week, and she loves it! i'm so excited.

Twice as Nice said...

K
+ ballerina
___________
= PRICELESS

She was made for the stage. She just SHINES. What SWEETNESS.

Big Mama said...

Those pictures are beautiful. Just so sweet!

Hey, I'll be there on Sunday! Hope I see you!

life with the wisners said...

love this. i'm smiling so big right now.

new mom in law said...

K seems to be in her element! What joy! What pure joy! That smile of hers is contagious. Beautiful girl! Beautiful smile!

Kris said...

Wow, that is the happiest face EVER! What a sweet teacher too, so glad she gets to be part of the recital.

Meaghan said...

oh my goodness! i can't stand it! these pictures are so adorable - I CAN'T STAND IT!!!!!! i danced all growing up. what memories these bring back. did i mention...she looks adorable?!?!

Lindsay said...

She looks so happy to be out on the stage! Gad is so cool in the way he provides even the little things! She looks like a princess :-)

Tonya Ingram said...

She is just beautiful. Caleb is looking at her pictures with me and he said "she's dancing like a princess". Don't ever lose that smile and joy!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I'm pretty sure you couldn't keep her OFF the stage with 20 wild horses. She's a natural.

Kristen said...

Absolutely precious!!

geisme said...

How beautiful is she!?! Oh my goodness. The GROWING MUST STOP!!!!!!! MAKE IT STOP! I want to declare an edict that all "babies" must stop growing up so dang fast!
Jmom, you must be awfully proud.
:)
Anxiously awaiting to see pics from the recital.
-Gail

Lauren said...

Those pictures are priceless! My three-year-old started dance this fall and she just loves it too!

Mom of Eleven said...

Precious! Welcome to the world of ballet! We love it!
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Mindy said...

She is adorable!

Embracing my cup said...

She looks absolutely beautiful! I don't know if my sweet friend is her dance instructor or if it is another girl at the studio, but that is a wonderful place for her to explore dance and be encouraged in her faith, too!!!

Distybug said...

Such precious pictures with her beaming! It made me smile too. It's wonderful she's found something she loves.

Karla said...

Oh my word, I could just eat her up! Too cute!

Jillian, Inc said...

Just almost too adorable for words.

Just Terrific said...

Beautiful.....makes me smile. too!

Bethany said...

Oh my goodness, look at how beautiful she is! What a cutie :)

Daree said...

I am so glad her teacher and you decided to let her do it! Look how happy she is!!! I wish i could've seen her! You have to let me know when the Spring recital is. I hope that i can come!