Rite of Passage

When I was in fifth grade, my mom signed me up for ballet lessons. Unbeknownst to me, she signed me up because I was chubby and awkward and she thought ballet might give me some confidence. And I was going to go if I wanted to or not. The joke was on her though. I LOVED it. By the time we moved, I was taking five classes per week and dancing on pointe. (This would be before the advent of boobs and, ahem, the blubber layer before I became a round person.)

Zoe is going to start dance lessons next week. Her class will be a combination of ballet and tap with other four-year-olds. Unlike my mom, I am signing her up because I think she will love it. Everything at our house is, "Mama, watch my new running dance!" or "I have to practice my jumping dance!" I figured that was a clue that she might enjoy a more formal dance experience than jamming out to the Imagination Movers.

I took Z to get her first pairs of ballet shoes today. I can't believe my baby is big enough for dancing already. Sniff! Sentiment aside, the actual purchasing of the shoes was a bit of a trial because Z is going through a phase where she thinks shoes should not touch her feet. Anywhere. So I put these shoes on that she is positively swimming in and when I ask her how they feel, I always get the same response. "They are too small, Mama." I end up having to guess which ones are the best fit. According to the Payless put-your-foot-in-the-right-sized-hole sizer, she is an 8 1/2. But dance shoes run small, so she ended up with 9's.

She was very excited about her new shoes and wanted to wear them to the grocery store. Can you imagine an overexcited almost-four-year-old wearing tap shoes at Wal-Mart? I shudder to think! We picked up a couple of pairs of tights and a leotard. And a little chiffon skirt that I just couldn't resist.

I am dying to dress her up in her new dance togs. Just like a dolly! They have a recital in May. I can't wait to see my baby on stage with all of the other uncoordinated pre-schoolers. I hope she loves it as much as I did.


  1. You've both got lots of fun ahead of you now!

  2. Awww, how exciting...sounds like a lot of fun! I can't wait for my daughter to be intereted in dance! The outfits they wear are SO ADORABLE!

  3. Sounds as though you both are going to have a lot of fun memories. :)

  4. I'd like to sign my daughters up for ballet some day...

    How long did you take lessons for?

  5. So cute! except for the thought about letting her walk around walmart in tap shoes. Glad you resisted that one :-)

  6. I took lessons for the better part of 10 years. Right up until I blew out my knee in high school. After that, I did dance team at school, but was out of the ballet company I had been dancing with. I probably could have gone back, but I was pretty wigged out after my injury.

  7. I hope she loves her ballet class. We started my oldest daughter in ballet when she was three. She loved it.....until recital. At which point she sat in the middle of the stage and refused to dance. She's now 14 and we love to watch the video of her first recital!


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