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
but thanks to the wonderful Will he soon started to relax and enjoy the whole thing.
Button was in her element, of course!
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.
And for this….
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!