Miss C’s second ever dance recital is in late May, the culmination of weeks and weeks of lessons where scuff-toed pale pink ballet shoes meet stage smiles and parents and grandparents set up every digital recording device known to man and jockey for the seats with the best vantage point for dance documentary.
Unlike her winter dance recital, which was just casual dress as normal during class, this is the big daddy recital where the girls will prance around in special costumes ordered to highlight each class’s performance. Miss C’s costume should be ready to pick up at her weekly afternoon ballet, tap, and jazz class, as pictures are being taken next week. It’s a teal satiny leotard with a detachable flouncy tulle ballet skirt and enough silver sequins to fashion an evening bag. She’s been talking about it for months and if it’s anything like her love of shoes, she’ll find any excuse to wear her dance costume out and about this summer so don’t be surprised if you see us at Publix and she looks like a mini Vegas show girl.
I’m new to this dance performance mom thing and it was never so apparent to me as we were getting ready for her recital in December at a local high school gym. The girls had to wear their hair in pig tails and I’d brought some pink lipgloss to put on Miss C. However, I realized I had entered an experienced stage mom zone when several of the moms whipped out special makeup bags for their little girls with an impressive array of blush, eyeshadow, and every conceivable shade of pink lip gloss.
I don’t want to go all Toddlers and Tiaras, but I may put a little sparkly eye shadow on Miss C for her recital. Wait a minute, should she wear a little makeup for her dance portraits next week? I guess so. I just dry the line at spray tanning my little girl.