Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dance Class

I made the decision last week to sign Addison up for dance class.  She starts this Wednesday, and let me tell you, you have NEVER seen a little girl so excited for anything in their life!  It is all she has been able to talk about lately.  Today, we went out and bought her dance clothes.....leotard, skirt, tights, and ballet shoes.

Isn't she adorable?!

I find it a little funny that some people still give me a funny look when I tell them that I signed her up for dance lessons.  Looks that say, "But, she has CMT....are you sure dance lessons are a good idea?"  "But dance isn't something that she'll be able to do the rest of her life, so why bother?"  "But what if she isn't good at it?"  "What if she gets hurt?"  Those looks usually make me want to say something not-so-nice in return, but I keep my tongue in check.

Why shouldn't I sign my princess-loving, wants-to-be-the-center-of-attention, ultra girly 3-year old up for dance lessons if she wants to?  There is NO GOOD REASON NOT TO!!  Every time that we have taken Addison to be seen at Shriner's Hospital, her doctor has reiterated to us that she is a normal kid, and the best thing to do is treat her as such.  Let her run.  Let her play.  Let her do the things she wants to do, whether we believe she will be great at them or not.  I don't ever want my daughter to feel like she missed out on things that she wanted to do because she was "different".  I also believe that things like dance classes, softball, etc., can only aid in keeping her active and keeping her muscles strong.

When we came home from the store with all of her dance clothes, Addison insisted on putting them all on and prancing around the living room.  Daddy's eyes got a bit misty when she proudly stated, "Look, Daddy! I'm a dancing princess!"  Yes, Addison, you most definitely are.


Lenka said...

Dance will be wonderful for her! Dance is all about expression through movement, and there's so much flexibility and body awareness taught at the younger ages. She is a lovely dancer!
You could always meet with the teacher after class one day to share some realistic expectations so the teacher can modify for her (if needed- it may not even be necessary).
I think it's a great idea. Congratulations!
Sweet photo, too! :) Lenka

Casee said...

I totally agree with you. If she can do it now and it something she wants to do, let her do it. I wouldn't worry about what her abilities are now or will be later, let her be a kid and do the things that make her happy. She is so adorable, by the way, I love little girls in dance outfits! I hope she is enjoying her class.

p.s. Don't worry about what other people say or think, you are her mom and you know what is best for her. And just my two cents, but some people just need to keep their opinions to themselves! (as I giving up a hefty serving of my own opinion!)