Last night I took Emrie to the Alexandria Dance Adcademy to sign up for lessons. She was so excited! While I was waiting in line to register and talk to her instructor, she was soaking up the moment. The mirrors, the hand rails [I'm sure there's a technical term], and the beatiful hardwood floors. She had never been in a room dedicated to dancing! It was so neat to see her excitement. She came out of the studio doing a ballet swirl.
Here's my thing. I just want my daughter to enjoy dancing for what it is, BUT I fear that as with everything else, there will be this temptation for it to become so much more. The temptation to become better than the next girl. The temptation to enjoy the "stage" too much. The temptation to impress her teacher. The temptation to conform to the "look".
Call me weird but I just want her to dance because she enjoys it. I'm excited to give her this opportunity. I just hope it stays pure.