Lainey being in dance has brought out my insecure side.
Few things in life intimidate me. Dance moms do. Sizing, ordering, sewing, etc.......those things do, too. My mother avoided all of these things, so I'm sure part of my insecurity is pulled from that memory. But, Lainey wanted so badly to do tap and ballet. I knew I had to figure it out.
She started lessons in January. We've been at the studio every Thursday since then.
Recitals started this past week. It was a lot of hard work, but worth every bit of effort. We had a blast!
Pre-rehearsal......labeling everything, organizing her bag and setting out our game plan.
You don't even want to know what this costs.
Allison and I took the girls Friday night to the show. Here is Laine pre-costume. Lamby was with her, of course. She was nervous.
They did it!
Here are our sweet girls after the show.
Saturday included both of our families, out of town guests and our sweet neighbor, Daryl.
All of our photos are from times outside of the actual performances. No cameras allowed! We get to purchase the prints from the photographer for hire.
Those should be cheap.
Rylee doesn't care much for dance. Cailyn loves it.
She's completely in her element. She loved every second.
To a fault.
I don't know where she gets her enthusiasm for life.
This is what back stage looks like.
Lainey danced to Wonderful World (tap) and Jolly Holiday from Mary Poppins (ballet).
Here we are after the Saturday shows.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
How cute is that costume going to look at Disneyland?
Jackie was waiting with flowers for the girls.
I was not a fan of the faux curls off stage, but they do look great in the spotlight.
We treated her to some sugar after her last performance because she's been dieting since January.
Lainey wants her ears pierced for her 5th birthday. We've waited until she asked to have them pierced. Still not sure if I'm ready.
Daddy held her clip on diamonds after the show. They hurt!
I wanted a picture of the dads and someone suggested we take one of their empty wallets instead.
Looks about right.
En route home. Our tiny dancer was worn out!
I can't wait for her to do it again. We'll take the rest of the year off and start again in January.
Although I went into it kicking and screaming, I learned a lot and absolutely loved watching this child's face light up with every part of the production. She came alive on stage. It was a joy to watch.
Who knew? Me, a dance mom.
Off to watch Toddlers & Tiaras.
Aren't pageants the next, natural step?