In our ongoing quest to expose Annie to learning environments that will simultaneously enrich and exhaust her, we signed her up for dance lessons. I use the term “lessons” loosely. It’s an intro to dance class for three and four year olds. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the people who teach these kids classes are awesome. The thought of being the only adult in a room of eight jumping, spinning Annabels? I don’t have it in me. I bow down to these people.
The teacher sent the parents an email a few days before the first class with specifications for shoes, clothing, etc. Luckily her parameters matched up with Annie’s idea of what she should look like for dance class, AKA every ballerina she’s ever seen on TV or in a book.
Just like before her first swimming and gymnastics classes, Annie was jazzed. And just like before those classes, I was like, “Well, we’ll see what happens, she’s so young, we’ll just try it…” Annie actually missed the age cut off for this class by five days, so I called to see if they could make an exception. They said it would be no problem, but I still worried. It was a waste of energy – Annie marched right into that class confident as can be.
The class is taught in a room at the rec center, and the parents have to sit outside. There’s just a small window in the door and the parents have to take turns looking through (and some parents abuse this, don’t get me started). A few of the kids (and a few of the parents) weren’t really thrilled with this arrangement, but Annie could not have cared less. She was like, “YAY! DANCING! BYE MOM!”
I don’t mind waiting outside at all, although the little pieces of class I’ve seen through the window look pretty hilarious.
She’s had two classes so far and she is in heaven. I like that she’s comfortable with the teacher. I honestly don’t think she even realizes that I’m right outside the door. I could be on the moon for all she cares. When I walk back in to get her after class is over, she runs up to me all excited, “Mama, mama! I got a hand stamp! I did twirls! I sang a song!” (She is the only kid singing along to the music. We can all hear her through the door.)
At the end of the eight-week class, there is a “recital.” OMG. I cannot wait. It’s going to be the sweetest/cutest/funniest thing I’ve ever seen.
Love, love, love that serious little face!
Don’t worry. The newness will wear off and they’ll stop hogging the window. This is the second year for my 5 year old and first year for my 3 year old. Now if they start bringing grandparents. .. oi. (There’s a mom this year that keeps bringing grandparents. And boy do they hog that window.)
A few things:
Is there a window in that door by the fire extinguisher? You could go there, maybe.
My guesses for the window-hogging mothers/parents are (1) definitely the poor little girl in *hot pink boots* (??!?!) or (2) the little girl with the perfect pose in the second-to-last picture.
I love how Annie’s the only one lying flat and the only one singing. She’s SO CUTE!
Mine started at age 3 and 4, still dancing now at 9 and 10! It builds on itself. It’s done wonders for my oldest and her gross motor skills, youngest could sing and dance all day if I let her.
Annie looks adorable! Glad it was all she imagined it would be. If you have a chance to see The Nutcracker next year, I can assure you that my crew sat through it at just 4 and 5 (4 year old turned 4 a few weeks prior to performance).
My daughter took dance at that age. I loved the recital but my daughter…not so much. She preferred gymnastics and I never got to see another recital Enjoy, I’m glad Annie likes it!!
She is adorable!
Will you and Mike adopt me?!?!?!?! Annie (and soon, The Acrobat) are truly having the world shown to them, and I just love it. It is awesome that Annie is taking to all of the classes that she is involved in – hopefully that means good things for school! Love the little ballerina, please, please, please say you will be taping and showing as a Friday video that recital at the end of the class!!!
OMG – ANNIE IS SO CUTE!!!! Moments like these a true blessings for parents. A lot of the post you write so remind me of my kids! ENJOY this time Mama….drink it in and take lots of pictures.
Cutest ballerina ever!
Cutest ballerina ever!!!! You HAVE to post video of the recital!!! I can’t wait!
She looks (majorly) adorable in that outfit! How fun for the two of you!
OMG – most of the fun of these “toddler” ballet classes is the tutu and the bun in the hair. My daughter just turned 8 and she is very serious about her ballet.
It will be the best recital ever!
My 4-year-old is in a dance class too, and MAN, it’s so cute! My 2-year-old was two months shy of the cut-off, so she just gets to stand there all forlorn, wondering when she gets to dance. #littlegirlproblems
I love those little girl ballet classes. Maya took one last year, it was so adorable watching those little girls, they were so into it. And just wait for the “recital” too cute for words.
My 4 year old is in pre-tap and ballet and loves it. They are so cute at that age and she gets equally excited at the end of class when she gets sticker
Love the leotard and Target too!
My daughter has the same teacher at a different park. My daughter is not a “joiner” but she LOVES her! I praise anyone who can make my little monster do anything!
steve shilstone says:
The running reaching with you guys in the mirror is a heck of a shot. How cool.
PUH-LEEEESE record the recital and post it here when it happens. Can’t wait.
Anytime Mea gets handstamps it is a good time. At gymnastics, she gets stamps on her feet, she thinks this is full of awesome.
The recitals are the best, so cute.
My girls took dance for 12 and 13 years! It was wonderful! They had Mommy Watch Day once a year (when they were young) where moms – and dads- could actually go in and watch the classes. Many video cameras, as you can imagine – used to totally freak out my younger daughter. Not one for paparazzi! I hope Annie continues for many years – really builds a girl’s confidence and so much comraderie. Love seeing this pictures — she looks like she was made to dance!!
I LOVE it! Oh Annie looks so darling as a ballerina. I just about died. Can’t wait to hear all about her recital. CUTENESS!!
Since it’s you Spohrs, I know we don’t need to lobby for you to take video of the whole thing, so let me just say “how cute will that be!!!!!” and “make a B roll that you can use to embarrass your teenager with later at family functions”.
Yay! Can’t wait for the video. Also, make sure to save a B roll of outtakes to embarrass your future teenager with (during family gatherings only, of course, I’m not a monster ;)).
Omg. My uterus hurts. I need a girl after this post! I can’t handle the cuteness!!!!
Michelle H says:
I wish I could go back to these days I so miss them!!!
Cannot wait to see the video of that!!!
That used to drive me crazy! You pay all this money for the lessons and then RARELY get a glimpse of them learning. I once thought it was for the vanity of the teacher who weighed about 350 lbs but guess that is not the case. (Not being rude, just saying what I mused at the time.)
OMG!!! I can’t wait to see pictures & video of the recital!!!! So cute!!!
(BTW-You know why they have the parents outside the door? Cuz the kids Annie’s age are so freakin’ cute & funny that you can’t help but laugh and they, wisely, want hysterically laughing parents on the outside of the door! Lil suggestion: for the recital, if you have any pregnancy incontinence, wear a pad because you WILL pee yourself trying not to die laughing at the little kids–who take these things very seriously!)