For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to dance. It’s funny though, I quit after my first recital when I was three and didn’t go back to the stage until I was eight. We hoped Annabelle wouldn’t follow in her Mommy’s footsteps and after her second recital, we can safely stay she will be dancing another year.
When Annabelle was two and a half, I enrolled her in dance school while we lived in Georgia. Her first recital was a smashing success and she loved every bit of being on the stage. So naturally, she has been enrolled in dance school ever since we moved to Connecticut. Every Saturday morning she dances alongside her cousin and two best friends, taught by one of my high school friends (who was a world tap dancing champion!).
Annabelle tapped to “Wild Things” and twirled to “Princess, You’re Cute” on the stage at Southern Connecticut State University. I can’t pick a favorite dance because they were both adorable, but she REALLY loved shaking her fanny and being a little Wild Thing.
We are so proud of Annabelle for not fearing the crowd and dancing until her heart’s content. Annabelle’s cousin Reese (to her right) and Annabelle turned to each other during the dance and started chatting about where all of the family was sitting in the audience. Then, she wouldn’t leave the stage when the music ended. We were all laughing so hard.
Annabelle’s second number was ballet and really cute. The girls twirled like ballerinas and sang along with the music. She seemed to remember the steps for ballet dance more than tap, but says she still likes tap the best. I wish we were able to take photos during the performances!
Annabelle and Ailey’s Nana flew all the way in from Tennessee for the big show!
Noni and Py
Auntie Lizzie and cousin Sloane
Annabelle and her Zia
*Not pictured: Auntie Christine and cousin Ian – thanks for coming!
Thanks to everyone who came to Annabelle’s second dance recital! Ailey tried her best to distract us all during the second act and I’m hoping next year she is backstage instead of yelling in the audience. Here’s to a summer of showing off new dance moves, practicing piques and shuffle toes!