The dance recital was a three day affair of girls and hairspray and lip gloss and pirouettes and giggles.

It really makes me wish I had been learning to dance when I was young instead of sporting a mullet and playing short stop. But let’s let bygones be bygones and hope I don’t turn into a ‘toddlers and tiaras’ mom.

The girls had a ball.

Their mommas (including Ms. Patty and Ms. Denise–whose daughters, Lexi and Tessa are fantastic dancers) had lots of time to fetch drinks and tights and random hair paraphernalia.

The dress rehearsal lasted all day so I brought my knitting and my book and my laptop.

I did not knit or read or surf the net.

Instead I just watched and enjoyed my girls enjoying themselves.

They were in a combined 9 dances. ย  That’s a lot of costumes to keep straight.

Picnik collage
I’ve told them from the beginning that if they want to do the other ‘fun’ dances, they have to keep taking ballet.

Finally, this year, they love ballet too.
Picnik collage
We had several friends come watch including Ms. Kimmie, Anna, Sue, and Morgan.

It made the girls’ day to see their faithful supporters.

After an exhausting 3 days of pictures, rehearsal and recital, my girls were devastated when it was over and can’t wait ’til next year.

I’m the only one who seems to need a break.


This is a snippet of their Irish dance which they performed with the adult and teens Irish class. It was absolutely stunning onstage. It makes me wanna get up and clog or something.

And sometimes I do.

Be very afraid.

And you must watch this adorable dance to the Chipettes’ Single Ladies! Emme rocks a back handspring!

27 comments on “2010 Dance Recital”

  1. Awwww……sooooo cute…..Tom and I were just leaving the Von Bron Center Playhouse (where our girls’ recitals have been since we moved to Huntsville) tonight (I was there painting set stuff for my older daughter’s next show) and were thankful that we had taken this year off from dance–due to trying to acclimate to PCS and all its activities and rituals, etc.– and didn’t have to endure days and days and days of recitals…and then I saw adorable girls with their little tutus coming out the door next to us and I almost cried and wanted immediately for our girls to take dance again.


    Grass is always greener…

    We’ll have Kate go back next year…and I know we will be EXHAUSTED by the time recital’s over…..but…

    Like you, I wish I’d had all that growing up instead of marathon TransAm-athon weekends.


    Your sister in Mulletdom,

  2. ohmigosh! love the videos! can i steal them and plaster them all over FB??
    your girls were beautiful beyond belief and excellent dancers!

  3. I am a professional videographer and have videoed several recitals this spring. I have yet to see a river dance or clog (I think they are sometimes called), so I enjoyed the YouTube. Thanks for posting and writing about your dancing adventures.

  4. Ok, I am crying watching them dance!! I cannot wait to put my Madelyn in dance! Both my boys danced until someone told them it wasn’t “cool” for boys to dance! ๐Ÿ™
    Your girls are beautiful and great dancers! Love this Edie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. ps- ROFL on the Toddlers and Tiaras! you are NOT! But that show is like a car wreck, you can’t stop looking! Kind of like Hoarders! And I don’t even watch tv!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Fun memories that go all too fast! We had only two days of recitals and dances, so I’m impressed … very impressed with all of you:). Beautiful girls, beautiful, proud Momma!! And that hip hop routine was probably the only one in 7/8 years that I’ve actually enjoyed. Very cute, modest and age appropriately done!

  7. Morgan said the recital was really good. There really is something about girls and tutus and glitter and hairspray….and oh how I am going to miss it. How beautiful your little dancers are. So sorry I missed it but I am finally feeling better. love you!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing! Brings back great membories of my daughter (who just graduated from college!) doing dance and gymnastics! Very busy for a mom! I know what you went thru with all the costume changes but your girls are great dancers at such a young age!! Love the clogging. I was tired just watching them. And loved the hip hop. So fun!!

  9. They did a great job! And that back flip. Yeah, I still do those in my dreams, too. This makes me miss dance rehearsals and recitals. My oldest is my only girl and she’s 21 now. It’s been a few years since I’ve experienced this. BUT my daughter is expecting our first grandbaby, a girl, any day now. I believe it won’t be long until we’re back in the dance recital mode…

  10. Oh, it was fun. Loved catching up with you, Edie, and thanks for posting the Irish video. It was nice of you to point out Tessa. I am off to see if I can get mine from the camera to the computer. Then if I’m clever like you, I’ll point out everybody. If not, you’ll have to be quick on the follow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh my! Beyond cute! Cuter than cute – those girls are just adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved the Irish dance. Very impressive! I was ready to tap along myself!

  12. Oh this made my morning! Loved their dancing!! I love going to my sister’s recitals they are always so much fun and I LOVE the costumes!! Have a great day Edie!!
    ~Molly P

  13. Edie- Your girls ROCKED !! I know you enjoyed yourself- and are PROUD of your girls. What a blessing Edie….( I had to tap my feet to the beat as I watched the clips- couldn’t sit still) ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Wow! They did so great! My 7 year old and I started taking Irish dance together. It’s been fun and oddly enough I’ve been picking it up faster than him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Oh Sissy! How sweet those girls are…Wish I could have been there too! They will have to show me some of there moves next time I see them. Tell them they did great! Love you all!!

  16. My 8 year old son (the middle child) decided that he wanted to dance this year. Ballet, two hip hop classes, and jazz, we are almost ready for his first recital. I think I’m more nervous than he is.

    You girls were so fun to watch.

  17. I watched both clips and was quite impressed. I wondered if the recital took place at West High? I graduated from there, and many of my fondest high school memories took place on that stage. I love the M’town connection and like to check in here to find people I knew from the two years I lived there.

  18. Your girls are so beautiful and talented. I enjoyed watching the hip/hop and reading your comments. So fun. The first video kept going in and out on me so I had to give up on watching it. It’s too bad because I love Irish dance.

  19. oh my goodness…your girls are beautiful!!! loved the pictures and the video of the irish step is amazing!!! my little one is getting ready for her recital in a couple of weeks…so very exciting!!! i love seeing all the different costumes…9 dances!!! impressive!!!

  20. adorable! i just got home from your neck of the woods and oh how i wished i’d had the time to call you up and crash in on your lake house. i thought of you as we drove through knoxville.

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