Dance Recital Day

In the midst of all that is NOT normal in our lives, the girls do something that is VERY normal. They each take a dance class. Abby takes tap, and Mariella took a ballet/tap combo class this year. So, after a season of schlepping to the studio two days a week, today was recital day.
I’m beyond thrilled at how the studio chose to handle the recital this year. In years past, all the girls who were not in a combo class (combo classes are the very youngest of the dancers) danced in two shows. The first year Abby was old enough to have to do that, it was no big deal, the shows were on two different days, and we just had family out on the day of the show they both danced in. Last year, however, the two shows were on the same day, and each show was pushing 3 hours…with barely an hour between the shows in which I had to try and shove a Wendy’s burger down Abby’s gullet. Apparently, I was not the only parent who complained about the debacle, because they didn’t have the girls dancing in two shows this year (because, really…why was it necessary?)
They did wonderfully. Abby took a tap class, and they danced to the Happy Day’s theme song.
Mariella danced to “A Tea Party Ballet” Her little class sang along as they danced. It was totally adorable. She did great. I was a little concerned about her breathing, because I don’t get to hang out back stage with them…and she asked me to bring her neb, but I told the adult in charge of them where we were sitting, and said if she asks for it, to come and get me. I had also dosed her before we left, and didn’t think she would have too much trouble. She didn’t until we got in the car…but I think it had a lot to do with the jumping up and down and general crazyness of the finale.
Both sets of grandparents were able to come, and we went out for delicious German food afterward. We got home, and the girls did some crafts with Grammy, and watched Empire Strikes Back with daddy…then it was time for treatments and bed.
As much as we all love dance, I think the girls are as relieved as I am when the season ends. There is time to hang out, and not rush these couple days a week now. Abby will be taking Ballet next year, and Mariella is taking “whatever Mr. David teaches” He is her favorite teacher, and she wasn’t able to be in his class this year…so she is looking forward to being in his class again.

8 Responses to “Dance Recital Day”

  1. 1 Sarah May 23, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Awesome! Go Abby and Mariella!

  2. 2 Tash May 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    They look fantastic, glad to hear the recital was a success (and that you get some time off over the summer!)

  3. 3 run2wintheprize May 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I love tap! I used to take tap dance classes for like 3-4 years at least. I haven’t really done any in awhile, but often I randomly start tapping, especially if I’m in a store. I pulled my tap shoes out Friday, and had a good 10 minutes of tap fun, even though it winded me at some points.
    Glad the girls had fun!

  4. 4 Sara C. May 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    When I’m feeling particularly ADHD, I tap dance too. I danced for most of my childhood…until I blew out my knee…so I’m glad the girls enjoy it too…I really don’t mind the schlepping…but, by the end of May, I’m ready for a break. (and the girls are too.)

  5. 5 Amy May 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    They’re too adorable for words, Sara. So glad the recital worked better this year & I know just what you mean about the break! We’re very much in that “chauffeur” stage of parenting, too.

  6. 6 kerri May 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I second Amy’s “too adorable for words” statement; exactly what I was thinking!

    As we discussed, if I move into your playroom, I will totally dance with them daily.

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