Not all little girls love to dance, but our daughter sure does. Here is how and why we signed our daughter up for dance lessons.
One of my favorite Saturday night memories will forever be when two year old Annabelle said, “Dance me Daddy.” He looked to me for a translation: she wanted to be lifted and twirled like the girls on So You Think You Can Dance. He complied and so began their weekend routine of partner dancing in the living room.
The Story Behind My Dance Background
I recall loving dance when I was young, but being terrified of the stage. I took a year of ballet when I was three and quit right before the recital due to the stage fright.
At ten years old I jumped back on the dance wagon and danced throughout college. As a former dancer, I always dreamt of watching my daughter take dance lessons. However I knew I could not force her to love dance.
Want to know how and why we signed up our daughter for dance lessons?
Fast forward a year after Dance Me Daddy and our three year old is in a real ballet class. After sitting through three hours of “The Nutcracker,” begging to dance on stage, and requesting a ballet birthday party, we just knew Annabelle was ready for dance lessons.
We did not have to pay for Annabelle’s first dance class as she was lucky to test out a class with her best friend Rylee. The Studio invites their students to Bring a Friend to Ballet once a year. After one class Annabelle declared she loved to dance and she is now enrolled in dance lessons of her own.
We hope Annabelle loves to dance for as long as possible for many reasons. Dance teaches dedication, discipline, and patience, as well as emotional balance.
During high school, Dance kept me busy (in the best way possible) five out of seven nights of the week. I love the dance community and how I always had a safe place to go to leave my emotions on the floor during a routine.
We are so excited to see where dance takes our daughter someday!