Our first Mommy & Me adventure was swimming (which needs to be revisited soon), our second was dance. This is California, so water is abundant. The swimming lessons are a necessary survival need. Dance on the other hand was purely a mommy need. Leeloo loves to move and jump and jiggle, so I didn't have any worries about her interest, but her discipline was another issue. Luckily we began with a basic movement class and any participation (even if it was circling the class at mach speeds like a crazy child) was regarded as valid.
The first class was promising, the chiquita seemed genuinely interested in mimicking the teacher. However, after the newness wore off, the class devolved from a dance space to a "let's run around and be silly" space. She's two. I didn't expect much more.
However, to my surprise, at the end of our lessons she knew some things. If you ask her what First Position is, her little feet mermaid out and her hands move up to hold an imaginary ball. She will then open to Second and do a little plie. She can also point and flex her toes and move across the floor on her tippies (while flitting like a butterfly). The chiquita even learned how to bow!
We are gonna take a dancing break (and return to swimming), but I can't wait until our next lessons to see what else sinks in!
|Having tea in her new favorite ensemble.|
|On a colder day, taking baby to class.|
|Mostly she just puts the scarf over my head while the teacher dances with hers.|
|Break for some music time (on dress-up day - explaining the bee wings)|
|Finished with class - ready for the world!|
|Dance prepares you for everything.|