So this weekend myself and all the parents and children on my daughter's dance team will travel to Hartford, Ct for a dance competition. Now, let's see if I can get this right, you're thinking "oh you're one of those parents" or "Is it like the show Dance Moms?"
NO, neither myself or my daughters Mom are one of those parents. We don't force her to dance, she dances because she loves it. We were fortunate that she discovered her passion at such a young age and it's been dance ever since. Madi has been dancing since she was 3 1/2 years old and quite honestly she's enjoyed it since she started. She's 9 now and loves it just as much as when she started. Do we make her practice or stretch, sure we do. That's all part of any activity that a child takes on. She is learning at a young age that hard work pays off, and if you want to be the best at anything you do, you have to put in the work.
NO, it's not like the show "Dance Moms" at all. Is there drama? Sure there is, just like any other competitive team that a child takes part in. Are there some whom take it more serious than others? Sure there are, but we all have different dreams and goals for our children. Just like anything else in this world, everyone has different ideas and agendas.
Here's what I know about what else competitive dance has taught my youngest daughter. She has learned to be a part of a team. She's learned that hard work and practice can get you a head, and that it pays off. She's developed life long friendships. She knows what a commitment is all about, and that she has a responsibility to her team to show up for practice and or competitions. Dance has also helped her in school. How you ask? Her brain is trained to remember multiple dances which in turn helps her with remember lessons in school.
Every year before her 1st competition I write a blog very similar to this one. It's a reminder to everyone that competitive dance is NOT what you see on TV or what you may think it is. It's a great thing for children to be a part of. An extended family that we are super proud to be a part of.