Dance recital day one was today. The kids are doing The Lion King. The school does it as theater so there is a story line, dialogue and lots of dancing. This year with KC in 5 classes and Lissa in 4 and them BOTH wanting to do the production dance, it was crazy trying to keep costumes straight--make sure everyone got changed in time (twice they only had 1 number to get off stage and change) . It was my day to work back stage and I wasn't just focussed on my kids. There were several others with multiple changes that needed help as well. Plus I filled in for the security desk for part of the event. So it was busy to say the least.
It was however, magical, exciting and emotional. KC has danced since he was 5. Actually he has studied dance since he was 5. But he always danced. Once he decided to get around to walking he was really all about dancing. I have so many pictures of him dancing around the house waving silk scarves when he was about 2. When he was 3 he did these crazy skits every night after supper and a dance was always part of it. By the time he was 4 he was asking for dance classes and trying to teach himself tap in our front hall. At age 5 we found Miss Heidi's school and he has been there ever since.
Lissa is a gifted dancer but in some ways I see myself in her. I had ability but not a drive. KC is consumed with a passion for dance. Lissa enjoys it. The costumes are cool. Her friends are great. But it isn't this burning thing within her like it is for KC. Nonetheless, I also love to watch her dance. She is fluid and graceful and has an amazing ability to interpret the emotion of a piece with her body.
The kids godparents came out to see the performance, as did my FIL and my wife. Tomorrow will be my turn to enjoy the performance with Rob, my wife and my mom.
There was more today though. Unknown to any of us, KC was awarded a $500 dance scholarship to the school. We did not know that KC was nominated for this--actually I did not even know about the scholarship which is a memorial to Miss Heidi's beloved father. He passed away last year and she mentioned as she awarded it to KC how much her dad enjoyed watching him dance. It was a huge and very unexpected honor.
I am grateful that this is another circle of loving support for my kids. A place where they are challenged, yet respected and where friendships run deep and strong.