As soon as I saw this week’s Gallery theme was talent, I knew exactly what and who I would be writing about.
My lovely girl.
To borrow a phrase from Abba, this mother knew she was a dancer before she could walk.
She would stand up at whatever it is babies stand up at and she would shake her be-nappied booty in perfect time to the music. And I knew she would be a brilliant dancer. From a very early age she was able to interpret music and express herself, choosing the right style of dance to fit the music.
My daughter has a talent that is hard to describe. She shines when she dances. You can’t take your eyes off her.
Her moves are sharp and clear. They are perfect. She smiles, she looks out to the audience – even if that’s just me in the kitchen – and she loves every second of it.
She started street dance on the very day she started school. And she shone from that moment. Her teacher immediately recognised her talent and she was placed in the middle, at the very front of the class. She has never moved from that position. She’s always the one to take the lead in every dance.
At the age of 6, she started ballet – three years after most girls. Did that stop her from going to the top of the class? Of course it didn’t. Her ballet moves are captivating and so beautiful.
At 7, and in year 2, she started contemporary dance, the youngest in a group of kids going up to year 7. But she took the school’s trophy for ‘most promising dancer’ that year.
At 7 1/2, just a year ago, she started tap dance, with girls of her own age who have been doing it for years. On Saturday she took her grade 1 exam. Having seen her practice in the kitchen, I know she won’t have just passed that exam. She will have come out with at least a merit. It might be quite new to her, but it seems she has as much talent for tap dance as she does for all her other dance styles.
It wasn’t learnt, it didn’t come from either of her parents. Her talent is all her own. And I am so proud of her for it.
Linking with The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. Pop over to see how others have interpreted the theme ‘talent’.
Also linking up with Loud ‘n’ Proud at Not My Year Off.