Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wordful Wednesday

We had family night at dance class last week: a super special night where mamas and 
daddies and little baby sisters get to watch their big girl show off her mad skills.  It's the 
only time we are allowed into the dance studio to peek in on our girls so I look forward to 
it every year.  Isabelle was excited but confided in me that she was a bit nervous for me 
to watch her.  She was moved to a Level 2 class this year: a class for more experienced 
dancers that focuses more intently on technique and form.  I've noticed a change in 
her dancing just from watching her twirl around the house: her arms are more precise, her 
feet are learning the fine art of turn out.  She's in a black leotard with white tights, code 
for "I'm a big girl now".  She can make her own bun and tie her own ballet slippers.  Our 
little girl is maturing into a beautiful young ballerina and I couldn't be more proud.  
Neither could her sister who spent the entire class cheering and imitating the big girls from
the sidelines.  I had to wrangle Brees in quite a few times as the spirit of the dancers called 
her in, tempting her to run out onto the floor and join in on the fun.  Though Belle did her 
best to stay focused and centered throughout the class, I caught her glancing our way quite 
a few times, checking to make sure we were watching.  Do you remember that feeling 
when your family showed up to watch you do something you love?  Wanting to do your 
best and show off your passion?  Belle, you are an amazing little dancer and watching 
your talent grow is a true joy.  Have fun this year, learn as much as you can, and dance 
big!!  Your talent is a true gift to behold!!   

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Deanna Fike said...

oh, i love this! i have always said if i could go back i would take ballet.

marie said...

Wow! Isabelle changed so much and you really see she loves her ballet class. I imagine how proud you are of her. Just looking at both of them Liv, you are really doing good! Don't doubt about this a minute.
Much love.

Stacy said...

Awwww! That gave me goosebumps! She's a beautiful dancer! :)

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Gina Kleinworth said...

How cute!!!! I love dance night.

Twisted Cinderella said...

So pretty and sweet!!! That second last one is too cute for words.

Vanessa said...

I love how much poise she has! And I'm a little bit jealous because I have two left feet (even though I'm a brilliant dancer in my mind).

Jessica Smith said...

Awww super cute! Thanks for sharing. Stop by my site and say hello if you've got the time :)

Randalin said...

She is so awesome! She looks like a born dancer.
Love the pictures of Brees showing off her skills too :)

Jessica said...

Awww. so sweet! And that one with Brees is adorable. :)

Olivia said...

Thank you! Brees was trying to get into the action!

Olivia said...

She is so talented and we are so proud! And I think Brees definitely got the dance bug, too!

Olivia said...

Thanks! I sure will!

Olivia said...

She's got the look, right? So focused and graceful!

Olivia said...

Thank you! That photo kills me!

Olivia said...

Me too! I look forward to it every year!

Olivia said...

Thank you!! We are so proud!

Olivia said...

Thank you friend!! She is growing up before our eyes!

Olivia said...

It's one of my great loves and, from the looks of it, one of Belle's as well. Some of my best memories have involved ballet!!