After the recital, with Mrs. Paige and her roses.
So cute to see how she's changed. Admittedly though, this last one makes her look older than her 7 years, and that doesn't make me happy.
Unfortunately, they had a year of experience that she didn't, since she'd missed the year. All along, Ms. Susan would tell me she was holding her own. But, I wondered. We won't tell Isabel, but she isn't the most coordinated child in the universe....and ummmm....well, lets just say that having rhythm doesn't come completely natural for her. She might get that part from me. So, I was excited...and anxious to see her rehearsal.
Well, her jazz dance was to Celebrate....yes the one that goes "celebrate good times, c'mon". That one. She did well at rehearsal and even better at recital!
I'll show it to you in video but understand that I had a little sweetie from the studio working my video camera for me and it isn't a great video. But, you get the gist of it. It's a bunch of little girls
jumping around the stage showing off their best "jazz" moves! YAY! And y'all, I did, in fact, pay for this. *sigh* She had fun....that's what I tell myself. She looked adorable....and much better during the actual recital, but this video is from rehearsal.
Isabel is the cute one! Oh, you need more direction than that? Okay....they are in pyramid, Jenny is in the front and Isabel is the dancer that is second from the left of the second row. When they move into places, she is back row, left end.
I took dance too.
In my mind, I was a pretty good dancer. So, I have expectations. I loved tap and practiced it long after I was no longer taking lessons. I even tapped my way to 2nd runner-up in the one and only pageant, or solo act on a stage for that matter, that I ever did. So, I waited for her tap dance.
This is a little cut of that video.....Isabel is back on the left end, back row. And yes, good grief, she is dancing to Dolly Pardon! She
is the one that doesn't know the steps seems a little bit lost......don't you think? And, lacks her normal confidence because of it. Let's be honest though, she isn't the only one that got......ummmmm, distracted. She's just the one that seems to be completely lost. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I set the bar too high? I mean, what you can't see is that she had the cutest facial expressions when she tapped her watch.....workin' 9 to 5....she sang the words.....what a way to make a livin'.
Well, I couldn't just let it go like that. My baby has tapped for four years! I wanted her to look like she's tapped for four years. I wanted her to feel good about it too!
The next morning she got up and went to swim team practice. While she was there, I made a DVD of the tap dance. They had practiced it three times the day before, and once I realized Isabel didn't know it, I taped the girl that did! When she got home from swimming I had her meet me in the cleared out kitchen. With tap shoes. Over the next five hours, (with breaks, of course....'cause I'm not that mean) we both learned that dance. We memorized all the steps together. Shuffle hop step, shuffle hop step, chasse ball change, Shuffle hop step, shuffle hop step, chasse ball change..... She enjoyed it at first. I think she got a little upset with me later on. But, she was determined. By 4 o'clock, she knew that dance! I knew she did!
So I snuck my video camera into the auditorium....that's what! You are not actually allowed to video tape during the recital. You can tape all you want at the rehearsal....but you gotta pay for a professional tape of the recital. I broke the rules, shhhh. Now, I must say that my bootleg copy of this dance is not great. Claire was in my lap.....No! I would not use my 3 year old to shield on-lookers from seeing my camera! She was just in my lap.....that's all. But, she bumped the camera a few times. Also, I had to cover the screen so the light would not be seen, and so I didn't exactly know where the camera was pointing, and at some point I cut off her head! But, the important thing is that you can see her little feet just a tapping away!!!
Again, she's the starlet on the right, in the back. Much better! It's not perfect, but she had confidence this time. You can't see her face, but we could! She may not have a dancing career in her future....and that's okay with us. But, she did have a good time. And, the best part? Parker leaned over to Paul right after the dance, and exclaimed that she'd done very well! Okay, maybe this part is even better. I thought she'd had it with me after all the pushing I'd done that day, but....as I got ready for bed that night I found this.....
on my desk. Get me a box of tissues! Three of her roses from the night, with a note that says, I ♥ Mom and signed, Is. So, maybe I did alright by her.
Here she is with Ms. Susan!
And with her BFF, Maggie! So pretty. This was Maggie's first year, and she did so well! We were so proud of the girls!
Will she dance next year? Well, she decided she wanted to take drama along about Christmas time this year. Then, after the recital, she talked with Ms Susan....and now she thinks she'll dance again. Oh, boy. I can't tell you how sore my legs are after practicing that dance so much. I think I may be too old to keep up with her much longer!