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Just Like That

Last weekend before dance recital she did her own lipstick. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal.  She does her own makeup all the time.  But getting ready for her recital, she decided that she would practice over the summer so she could start doing her own dance makeup next year. Just like that. My tiny …

Lessons From the Stage

Things to tell my dancer daughter… There are many things I could tell you about life, but the dance stage will teach you all of it. Find yourself a tribe.  Welcome in all who support positivity, dedication, and teamwork.  Make others a priority and hard work your best friend.  Cheer for your friends loud enough to drown out …

The Thing About Distance

I already know what you’re thinking.  (Or, at least, the self conscious version of my alter ego thinks I know…) You’re thinking, “Why is this lady posting six-month-old dance videos?  Doesn’t she realize that she’s in a new state with a daughter who is totally happy at a new studio?” I know, I know.   I know!!   You’re …

My Child is Not Resilient

Last night I laid with my ten-year-old until the wee hours of the morning. Hubby and I went upstairs to bed at midnight, only to find she was a mess of tears. I laid and watched her sweet ten-year-old hands pick and worry at her favorite blanket in the nightlight glow. She talked of how …

Different Kinds of Love

It’s the end of a dance competition weekend.  All my loyal Facebook friends have been subjected to picture after picture and post after post about dance. “Here she is before dancing.  Here she is after the first dance.  Here she is with three dances to go.  Here is what backstage looks like.  Here she is …

A Dance Mom Confession

Confession. I’m a terrified dance mom. I have a ten-year-old acrobat.  She floats, spins, and flies through life.  Me?  I’m at best a washed up, almost good, “everyone had to play or there weren’t enough people for the team” type of athlete.  I can set a volleyball (and I have a couple broken finger joints …