Kids and Moms: Dancing the Night Away

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It’s that time of the year again- shining tap shoes, checking tights for holes, making sure costumes have all the pieces. With 4 children dancing, the weeks leading up to recital can be quite a circus. Keeping track with dress rehearsal schedules alone feels like a full time job.

With my oldest, who will be on stage in pointe shoes for the first time, I’m nervous. It’s a big milestone in any ballerina’s life. Then, there’s my older son who will have a great time and do just fine IF he doesn’t lose a shoe or forget a costume piece. And then come the 3 year olds twins- the wild cards. Maybe they will go on stage and maybe the won’t…..maybe they will do the routine and maybe they will do their own thing….. you never know and that’s part of the mystique and appeal of recital.

But, for me, there’s another level of anticipation, anxiety and excitement. Three years ago, I got this idea that I would take the “ADULT TAP” class that the studio offered. In the beginning, I had not idea that I was joining a class of people who had danced for years and I would be one of the few who had never, ever tap danced before. I was embarrassed and apprehensive but my cluelessness didn’t seem to bother anyone else. They slowed down and repeated until I got it. Tap became more than just a dance class and it is very much a priority in my schedule.

  • It sets a good example for my children, especially when I’m struggling to learn a specific step. If I can do it at my age, they can do it, too. We’ve even been known to practice together and help each other work the kinks out.
  • It’s wholesome entertainment. I laugh at myself. We laugh at each other. We enjoy each other’s presence in a low-stress environment. We chat about life and family and joys of growing older.
  • It’s good exercise. For people like me who don’t enjoy exercise, it’s a great way to sneak it in. Every class leaves me winded at some point, with muscles burning from a good workout.

Recital time is a different challenge, though. It’s easy to dance in a closed room with friends but on stage…well, it can be kind of scary. But it is also an opportunity to be real with the world, to have a good time, to let it all hang out for a brief moment. The first year, I was so nervous I barely remember being on stage. The next year it got a little easier and this year, I’m actually looking forward to it. Not that I’ve gotten any better but I’m having more fun. Isn’t that was dance is all about- enjoying yourself.

That’s what I tell me kids- even if you have to work hard, you should still enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it anymore, you should seriously think about why you’re doing it.

You should really come out next week and see how much fun we have! And maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you in class in the fall.

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The Studio K Tap, Jazz and Modern recital will be Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 AM at Farthing Auditorium. (In which you will also see Sarah and other moms dancing hip-hop)

They will also present the ballets, Alice in Wonderland and Peter and the Wolf.  They ballet performances will be Saturday May 2, at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 PM

The recital is free, and the ballet tickets are a small fee.  You can get tickets at Farthing Auditorium 1-800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046..