As you may or may not know my job in high school and occasionally through college was as a dance teacher. I mostly taught preschool ballet and tap and a few classes of older dancers. Last fall I saw an email for a mommy and me ballet class for 2-3 year olds. It was on one of my home days so I emailed. The teacher was ok with Caleb tagging along so we tried it out. The result was…interesting. That class was four 2 year old girls who were tiny and timid and my 3 year old who is loud and constantly moving. While Simon had fun being active and I LOVED that I could do the class with him, he was a bit much for the girls. He climbed past one who was doing the obstacle course to slow for him and made another cry when he ran by her too fast and she was scared. So I had a talk with the teacher and we decided to try out the 3-4 year old drop off class.
It’s going much better. Simon likes it a lot when ever we aren’t actually on our way there (the class is on Sundays before church and cuts into his ipad time). But once there he is doing pretty well. The week before we went to Indiana I got to sit in since I was going to miss the parent watch week just before Christmas. I got a little teary eyed watching him. He’s a bit of a nut, but I hope that he is learning a little about controlling his body. And he is having fun. We paid for his recital costume last week, so that will happen in June.
I’m happy I will have at least one dance recital to attend as a parent. It wasn’t something I consciously realized I was excited to share with my kids until it came up.