The Ballet Lesson

Yesterday we had one of those experiences that we will remember forever. Certainly it was the highlight of our parenting adventure thus far.

See, for months our daughter has been talking nonstop about ballet. She thinks about it constantly. She asks to wear her “ballet” dress almost every single day. She is constantly asking us to watch her ballet poses. She loves reading books like Angelina Ballerina and Olivia Dances for Joy.

So for Christmas this year, we decided to get her a ballet outfit – a leotard, tights and a tutu. We told her that she was going to take ballet lessons. Of course, she was beside herself.

Now, realistically, we figured that, like pretty much every new thing in her life so far, she’d be excited up to the point of actually doing it, and then when it came time to participate, she’d say no. See, we had tried Tumbling Tots at the YMCA. She cautiously participated in a few activities but mostly had to be coaxed into doing anything. Swimming lessons were the same way. She talks about it all day long, but when it comes to actually participating, she flat out refuses. Even on playgrounds at the park, she’s hesitant to do anything new.

So that was what we expected at her first ballet class.

We were blown away when what we got was this…

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She absolutely came alive.

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She literally couldn’t take her eyes off her teacher.

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She copied everything her teacher showed her. And she did it well.

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And for almost the entire 45 minutes she had the biggest smile on her face.

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She was the happiest we’ve ever seen her.

(Music: Forever Love by Francesca Battistelli)

And watching the pure delight on our daughter’s face? My husband said it best … “I’ve never felt joy like that before.”

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  1. Oh my goodness! The cuteness, the sweetness, how adorable! So glad you guys were able to find her passion and fall in love watching her do it. LOVE.

  2. It is funny how seeing things through children’s eyes renews the simple sweet joys of life. I know that I have had a few ah-ha moments with our boys that made me stop and reflect on the things that we place value on as adults or get wrapped up about. Are we missing it? I guess that is why they say you learn as much from your kids as you teach them.

    1. That’s true, Noah. I’ve learned more since becoming a parent than any other time in my life. Especially about myself. And God. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing this sweet moment. Your adorable little ones’ evident joy at dancing reminded me so much of my own daughters’ smiling face when she started dancing at the age of 4. She danced everywhere, at home, outside, at church, down the aisles of the grocery store. Her feet never stopped moving. And haven’t to this day. Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane and allowing me to see a glimpse of my little girl (at age 25) teaching your little girl the love of dance. May they have many happy and joy-filled moments dancing together 🙂 Kristen’s Mom

    1. Lisa, what a great surprise! Thank you for your kind words! This comment made my night. 🙂

      Kristen’s gift has been such a blessing for our family.

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