Though my daughter Dylan’s dance season is ending, mine is starting! I’ve joined an adult hip-hop class at our studio, and I’m starting to get a case of the nerves! How do these little kids do this?!
I was part of the adult class a couple of seasons ago, and I genuinely loved every minute of it. I’ve loved dancing for as long as I can remember, and probably should’ve pursued it when I was younger. I did take classes in my teens and 20’s, but since then, I’ve only danced for fun. When I heard our studio was putting together an adult class, I jumped at the chance. We rehearsed weekly, and even performed in a couple of competitions! (Only against other adult classes, the young kids would’ve kicked our butts.)
This past year, we had a lot of changes at home, which made taking part in a weekly class difficult. So, I had to sit that one out, and just cheer my fellow moms on from the audience. But every time I watched them on stage, I had little pangs of jealousy. I hoped the adult class would be an annual addition to the class and competition schedule, and vowed to do what I could to be a part of it again.
Luckily, it’s a popular class. And we’re back for another round of dancing moms. (And some dads!) The scheduling worked out so that my class falls on a day that we’ll already be at the studio, so Dylan and her little sister will hang with me in the studio while I rehearse. I’ve been dancing a lot at home with the girls to prepare, and trying to stretch more every day. No one needs a pulled muscle! Mostly, I’m just excited to be able to have this hour a week where I can let loose and have fun.
Dylan is excited that I’ll be dancing again this year; she’s been so encouraging, even insistent at times, and while some kids might be embarrassed to have their mom or dad dancing around on stage, she’s beyond proud of me.
It’s her chance to cheer me on, instead of the other way around. And it’s my chance to show her that you’re never too old to do what you love. I will say though: for such a little thing, she’s a pretty tough coach! I can’t wait to head out to competitions together. Hopefully she lets me keep my costume in her dance bag.