Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dancing, the Fourth Generation

I didn't wait for my daughter to express an interest in learning to dance. I registered her for a jazz dance class when she was in kindergarten. And I did it again every year through the 8th grade. Like me, my daughter loved dance class. I don't think she liked performing for an audience any more than I did but she always enjoyed the music and movement in dance class.

I liked knowing my daughter was getting exercise, although that's never been an issue for her. I liked that she was learning to hear a beat and feel a rhythm. I liked that she met new friends and discovered new music. I only wish my son had been open to taking dance classes as well, but that was not to be. He would have been good at it too. He was one of the best at Dance, Dance, Revolution among his friends (so was my daughter). He can definitely make his feet move!

My daughter quit dance lessons when she got to high school because she was just too busy with other extra curricular activities. I still hold out hope that one day my son will develop a love of dancing (so does his girlfriend ;-) .

Dancing, the First Two Generations
Dancing, the Third Generation

5 comments:

  1. Jasia,
    I loved the generational love of dance that you shared with us. I grew up in rural areas and the big get-together were dances -- at the schools, community halls, grange, and, of course, barn dances. Everyone danced, kids, teenagers, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas. I do miss those days. Thanks.

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  2. Aw, these are great posts. As for boys and dance, I think it is always good for them to learn. My son is only 7, but I read him stories about boys who dance ballet and other styles all the time. He's not "into" dancing (he's in Tae Kwon Do), but I am glad he knows that there is no gender division or role when it comes to dancing. It is for girls AND boys!

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  3. I too like your generational posts. There is nothing like feeling the beat of the music move up your legs from the tapping of your toes. I still embarrass my grown children as we walk through a store because I can't hold my feet still. There aren't musicals as in days of yore and there as Joan says are not the community dances either. It is a loss.

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  4. What an enjoyable series to read. May the tradition continue to the next generation.

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  5. What a fun series, Jasia. And as always, I love seeing your scrapbook pages too.

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