Tuesday, July 17th, 2012...9:56 pm

Just Dance

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If you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she’ll tell you that she’s going to be a ballerina.

Ever since she spotted her first tutu, ever since she could tap her toes and twirl her body, ever since she started inventing her own dances and her own “moves,” as she calls them, she’s been a dancer. With total abandon and full costume, she puts on shows in our living room, twirling and jumping and stretching, narrating her choices, describing the dancing characters she’s created in her imagination.

She loves to dance. And I love to watch her.

Last week, Nora went to camp for the first time. She wasn’t too excited even though it was a camp at her regular dance studio. It was camp, not school. Who would her teachers be? Would she make any friends? Would she need tap shoes because hers are too small? Would she need ballet shoes because she doesn’t like how they feel without tights? Was I really going to leave her there for three hours?

She had butterflies in her stomach and the first morning she was clinging and teary-eyed. But I left, knowing, of course, that she’d be fine. It was one of those moments when I felt that “I’m-the-mom-and-I-know-best” feeling, the urge to push her into doing something she was afraid of because at that moment I knew her better than she knew herself.  For Nora, camp provoked nervousness instead of the joy I had anticipated her feeling when I signed her up. Camp was different and unknown and scary.

Until it wasn’t. Until she declared her love for camp. Until she came home with necklaces for me to wear, crafts for me to hang up. Until she made a new friend, and felt so proud of herself for coming out of her shy shell.

“You were right, Mom! Camp is super fun!”

The first of many times I fought the urge to say, “I told you so!”


Nora’s been dancing at Synergy Dance Studio for two years. It’s an awesome place.
If you live in Austin and have a tiny dancer like Nora, check it out
And, no, I’m not getting paid to say that!



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