Dance show 2014

Sunday was our annual dance show – our fourth one! We started when my daughter was a tiny little thing in reception and now she’s a cool 8 year old. In that time the dance school has probably doubled in size too and the show has moved to a bigger theatre.

As time management goes, you don’t get much worse than a full-on weekend at Britmums Live, followed by a delayed train then a very long, hot day at the theatre, starting at 8.30am, for a dance show. But that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Both events were things I’d looked forward to for a long time, but the thought of them falling at the same time was slightly stressing me out.

I love my weekly dance class, but lately I’ve felt like I’ve hit a wall with it. Most other people in the class do three or four classes a week and are getting better all the time. I do one class and I’m stuck in a rut. I find it hard to learn dances and I feel left behind. I love taking part in the show, but increasingly for me the show is about my daughter and not me. She’s moving onwards and upwards – last year she did three dances, this year she did five and I am just proud to be her mum.

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The show kicked off with the elite dance – 30 of the best dancers in the dance school and only three kids as young as 8. One of them belonged to me. The dance is an absolute riot of movement and dance styles. I watched from the wings and it looked brilliant. I can only imagine it looked even better from the auditorium.

I was on stage shortly afterwards dancing to Timber. I can safely say that if I never hear that song again, it will be too soon. There’s something about that dance routine that I just couldn’t get into my head. I was aware I made a couple of small mistakes, but I was also aware that I danced it far bigger and better than in class or at home. Something about the stage, the audience and the lighting changes the way I dance for the better.

Then my daughter was back on stage for her contemporary routine to Happy Ending. The contemporary routines are absolutely beautiful. The class is years 3-7 and is heavily weighted towards year 7, so my daughter looks tiny. But her dancing is just as beautiful, just as strong and just as controlled as the older girls. In some cases, it’s better. As I watched, I thought it was strange that I hadn’t welled up. And then I did!

It’s in my daughter’s street class where she really shines. The class is years 3 and 4 and my daughter stands out by a mile. Her moves are big and confident and she smiles and struts her way through the routines. Every movement is sharp and clean. She is a dancer through to her fingertips. At that age, very few children get this – they just move their arms in generally the right direction and head generally the right way across the stage. I noticed most of the little heads pointed one way – towards my daughter! If they weren’t feeling confident they followed her because they knew she would know what she was doing (this is something I’m afraid I have to do myself!). At the end of the dance, the class went off and one little girl with big attitude and hair down to her bum strutted forward and danced eight beats on her own. The audience cheered. That’s my girl! I could have burst with pride.

My class opened the second half. I loved that dance with every bit of passion that I hated Timber. It’s a military mix with random bits of Michael Jackson in it which turns into a wild and crazy party on the stage. I totally smashed that one. It felt like it was over in seconds, and it felt brilliant.

My daughter was straight up on stage after that dancing to Counting Stars with her contemporary class. Those contemporary dances really are so beautiful and expressive. I had to move up and down the wings to try to watch her, but it’s hard to see a little girl among big girls. It’s a shame I never get to see it from the audience, but we will get a DVD so I can see it properly.

Halfway through the second half my daughter danced her second street routine – Word Up. This is another one where she totally owns the stage. You can’t take your eyes off her – and I’m not just saying that as her mum. She just stands out so much. My sister said to me that she tried to watch the other kids, but her eyes were just drawn to my daughter. She had tears in her eyes watching her.

And then it was the finale. And then we had to do it all over again!

I was proud of myself for raising my game and dancing so much better than I do in class. I was proud of myself for going into the show after an already tiring weekend, but most of all I was proud of my daughter. I can honestly say that little girl’s dancing is one of the things that makes me happiest. She puts her heart and soul into it and she just gets better and better.

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Linking up to Loud ‘n’ Proud with Secrets of the Sandpit.

Mum of Three World

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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22 Comments

  1. She sounds fantastic, as do you. You are both obviously naturals at it. Although I’m not sure how you did a whole day after the Britmums weekend and the longest ever train journey but well done to both of you!!

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    • I was exhausted after Britmums and the train journey, but I had no choice! My daughter is definitely a natural. Me, not so much.

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  2. Amazing. I loved to dance before I had kids. You as your daughter sound like you had a great time x

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    • We did, thanks. Although it was a long hot day! x

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  3. Aw, it’s lovely that you’ve both found something that you can do together and enjoy. Shared experiences are so important.

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    • They are! I do love the fact that we both do it, although she is leaving me way behind!

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  4. Good on you for getting on stage and giving it your all. I loved to dance when I was younger, but I don’t think I would have the bottle to do that now. It’s great that you share this interest with your daughter and you both got to dance in the same show.

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    • Thank you! I’m not a natural dancer and couldn’t dance as a kid, but I do really enjoy it and it’s great that it’s something we get to enjoy together.

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  5. Aww wonderful, sounds like she has a real talent! I used to love dancing as a kid and a teenager but I never had much talent for it! Sounds like she really is a dancer though, no wonder you are so proud xx #loudnproud

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    • Thank you! She really has got a talent and it’s lovely to see. I’ve never had a talent for dance! x

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  6. I’d love to see her dance, it sounds so wonderful! Especially seeing an 8 year old do street dancing with such devotion and enthusiasm must be quite something. And how brilliant that you do dance as well – nice to have something you and her can share like that. There is nothing quite like the magic of doing a show together.

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    • I should have shown you my grainy video of her dancing on my phone! I love dancing too – it is nice that we can share the experience.

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  7. I love to dance, I wish I had the guts to join a class of some kind. Maybe I will one day. Well done to both your daughter and you, it sounds like it was an amazing experience!

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    • You should be brave! There are a fair few adult classes around these days 🙂

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  8. Well done to both of you, and actually I have no idea how you managed it after BritMums, I didn’t come round til Tuesday! Thanks for telling me about this linky too #loudnproud

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    • I was pretty tired! I didn’t recover until Tuesday either!

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  9. It is so nice that you and your daughter are sharing something in common which is Dance. I am so not a dancer but I do love to see dancers strutting on stage. Girls especially as they have this certain gracefulness in them. So happy for you =) #loudnproud

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    • Thanks very much. She is a brilliant dancer and it’s lovely to watch. It’s nice for me to share that with her 🙂 x

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    • It was a great experience, although I’m glad it’s over and I don’t need to keep that damn Timber dance in my head any longer! Thanks, her hair is amazing – it’s never been properly cut, only trims by Daddy! x

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  10. Fantastic. I love to dance, having dance lessons as a child, but well done to the grown ups too!

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 I didn’t dance as a child and always regretted it. It’s been great to dance over the last few years – and even better that my girl has been there too.

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