The things that will never make it in the baby books and other musings from a stay at home mom

Thursday, October 27, 2005


One of the reasons that I chose the dance school where Julia takes ballet was the fact that they don't do recitals. I was not interested in $50 costumes and $20 tickets and makeup and a stage and the whole host of activities and emotions and emotions associated with such a production -- especially not for the 3 year old set. I just wanted her to have fun and maybe even learn to dance. That's what this school offers, so they got my money and my kid. Recognizing that parents do like to see their children develop new skills, however, Julia's dance school does invite parents to attend the last class of each 8-week session to see what the children have learned (and presumably to decide whether to fork over the check for the next session). Today was the big day.

It was like a scene out of the 50s with the old fashioned studio and the grande dame teacher instructing her charges with the help of her record collection (no CDs for the Yvette Dance Studio). Only the technology in the hands of the audience sitting on the folding chairs in the corner gave us away as members of the 21st century. Twelve little girls scampered around in little pink tutus as 12 video cameras recorded their every move. Mothers and fathers smiled and applauded as the girls giggled their way through a 45 minute lesson. It was truly adorable. The kids were clearly having fun. The teacher clearly had them all in the palm of her hand. And by the end, she had us, too. Every single parent signed their kid up for the next session on the way out the door.

Almost everyone left with a warm fuzzy feeling and lots of adorable pictures of their budding ballerinas. And me? I left with several dozen pictures of my daughter in a pink tutu with her finger up her nose. I said that I was looking for an authentic 3 year old dance class experience. And today, I think I got it.


At 3:29 PM, Blogger Steph said...

LOL! You totally caught me off-guard with the nosepicking at the end. Too funny. And, sounds like a great experience for the kids. I definitely agree that dance and gymnastics classes at this age should be all about fun.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Gretchen C. said...

I SO want to see those pictures. My kind of ballet class.

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Joy said...

LOL! You caught me with the nosepicking as well and I laughed aloud. Lauren's dance school does do the recital thing and those costumes do get expensive, so I say "Bravo" for Julia's school and no recitals!

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Kristy said...

Rebecca, you put far to much forethought into these things. Me? I just picked the ballet school nearest our house. Now, if I'd been thinking, I'd have picked one without a recital, but not for the reasons you cited. Not entirely, at least. Screw the emotions, I'm just annoyed at the $65 recital fee.

I'm ready for the pictures, though...


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