I’ve sat on this post for a week now. 2 weekends ago I had my first real Dance Competition as a Dance Mom. My anxiety had been high leading up to competition. I wanted Ellie to do well, but I didn’t want her to stress about the judges, winning or losing. More than anything I want her to dance because she loves to dance.
We spent the prior 2 weeks making sure that she had the right shoes, tights, hair piece, sock buns, makeup, and hair spray. Ellie has put in hours at studio rehearsing and even more hours here at home tapping everywhere. We had lots of talk about the how we should act and treat the other dancers. Smile, clap, cheer, be polite and compliment at least 2 other dancers.
When we walked into the conference center for the first time Ellie grabbed my hand. I don’t blame her, it was a little overwhelming. Dancers stretching, teachers shouting out last minute corrections, and parents primping dancers were covering every inch of the lobby. With our eyes wide open in awe we made our way to the room where she would be performing to meet up with the rest of the studio.
Once we found our group we both calmed down a little. We spent the next 90 minutes watching the other dancers, all adorable. Yes, there were a few numbers that could be considered shocking. I don’t love the twerking move, especially on a 8 year old, but I also hated the snake back in the day. It’s the current dance move, so it’s going to be everywhere.
Then it was time for little Ellie to hit the stage with her dancing partner and one of her bff Lily.
I think I started crying the moment they bounced on to the stage. All those hours of rehearsal and nervousness had led up to this moment. They both beamed and I pretty much sobbed. They were adorable! The perfect dance, perfect costumes for their personalities!
Day 2 was a little easier. Small Jazz group and I wasn’t nearly as stressed out about as I thought I would be. They were adorable and did fabulous.
I loved it and she LOVED every moment of it. She loved watching the other dances and when it came time to watch the “big girls” from her studio she was there screaming along. Oh and of course she loved getting a trophy and metal. I mean a win is a win. Right?
So what did I think… Aside from the normal mom anxiety and actually enjoyed it. There were a ton of really creative dances. There may have been one to many 8, 9, 10 years twerking and wearing costumes that were a little to adult. I excepted that though, so I think I was able to appreciate their dance ability behind the glitz. I loved the dad that stood up and cheered on his 9 year old son. He totally had me tearing up. I loved the studio that stood in the audience doing the dance with the little 4 years old on stage. I loved all the team building moments. Cheering each other on!
So after being away from it for 7 days now, I’m ready for the next one. I’m not dreading it, I’m looking forward to it. More importantly, Ellie is looking forward to it.