Shall we dance?

Life is gradually slowing down a little here, which is a blessing.  Although we did manage to squeeze in one more day of madness at the weekend.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll already know that in June the kids started taking latin and ballroom dancing lessons.  They’d done ballet and tap when they were teeny tiny but had become very bored with that and so I’d let them drop out of lessons in the hope that it wouldn’t put them off.

They are huge fans of Strictly Come Dancing, and for the past couple of years have been pestering me for ballroom dancing lessons, but I’d been unable to find a class locally that catered for such small folk.

Serendipitously Ma SIL changed hairdressers, and the owner also runs a small local dance studio, Will Foran Dance.

Yeah…we signed them up pretty darn quickly, I can tell you.  And it turns out they love it, and they are pretty good too.  So much so that after only 3 months of lessons they attended their first competition on Sunday.


Boy was hugely worried about dancing in front of the crowd

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but thanks to the wonderful Will he soon started to relax and enjoy the whole thing.

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Button was in her element, of course!

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And managed to dance her way to a recall for the quarter finals, which we’d not even thought could happen and finished me off completely.  I was the most ridiculous and proud mummy…and very teary eyed the whole way through.  Oh, and there may have been shrieking!  Ooops!

So it seems I’m going to have to learn to sew dance costumes and dress hair.  And I don’t mind one bit.  Because not only are they having the most amount of fun, it’s also giving them a huge boost of self confidence…and, oddly, their concentration and performance at school has improved significantly too.

For all those reasons I’m happy to get up at 5am on a Sunday morning to drive to a venue.

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And for this….

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I do apologise for the crappy photos…but, honestly…I was a mess.  I was so proud and so nervous for them.  This was one of the occasions in life where I just wanted to experience it rather than worry about pictures.  Grandad was at work with the video camera.  Fingers crossed for good footage!

18 Responses to Shall we dance?

  1. K-Line says:

    This is a gorgeous post. They are beyond adorable and your mum-pride is lovely.

  2. Gail says:

    This is just too adorable! It’s so fantastic that they love dance so much and have been wanting to do it for so long. Go Button and Boy!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I love how much they love it. And they moments when you can hear 1-a-2-a-3-a-4 from their bedrooms as they practice their steps!

  3. That is so fantastic. What a talented pair. They look so cute in their outfits. I would have been the same. Sewing dance costumes sounds fabulous. Lots of bling! Xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      This is so much more than we hoped for them when they came home. They have overcome so very many challenges and are my absolute heroes.

  4. That is such exciting news – I’d be a very proud mummy too. I see sales of sequins soaring in your neighbourhood soon 🙂

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I’m resisting sequins as long as possible…but crystal organza will be making an appearance next year. And after the drama of getting his shirt and trousers (from Bulgaria of all places) and the cost of custom stuff (up to £175 for a shirt and trousers for a 6 year old), I’m definitely going to crack this!

  5. Jane G says:

    They look as if they’re having so much fun

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Considering how nervous they were, and that we’d been up since before dawn, it was amazing how much they enjoyed it! We’re looking forward to the next one already.

  6. Vicki Kate says:

    That is amazing! They both look gorgeous & if you hadn’t shrieked and cried with pride I’d have been gobsmacked! It looks like you’re all loving the ballroom; dancing or supporting!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      The shrieking was hilarious. You’d have thought I’d won the lottery! One of the things hubby and I are planning when he’s working more locally is to join the adult’s beginners class. We tried once before but the teacher wasn’t brilliant. Already we can do basic samba, waltz and cha cha steps. We’ll be the dancing equivalent of the Von Trapps!

  7. I’m so excited for you and your children. They look so professional! And I’m very happy they are having fun. Thanks for sharing this amazing day with us

  8. Liara says:

    How exciting and wonderful for all of you!

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