Real Life Dance Mom
“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children”.~Jessica Lange
It was such a blessing to be able to spend this past weekend with my daughter and her dance team as they danced in their first regional competition this year. I have to admit I have never watched the show “Dance Moms” but I would consider myself a real life dance mom now. I came to that realization as I was sitting in the audience watching my daughter and her dance group perform and I was doing the steps along with them in my chair. All those countless hours of rehearsals had finally paid off. The girls did a wonderful job!
There is something about dance that never gets old. It was so much fun watching the different routines and different categories ranging from tap and jazz to lyrical and hip hop. It is simply amazing how much dance talent is out there. The age range of the kids competing was 4 years old to 17 years old. I’ll tell you what–some of those kids could’ve easily given the contestants on “So You Think You Can Dance” a run for their money. They were that good!
My daughter was in awe of the talent in her age group especially. Her time is actually split between dance and gymnastics. She has dance practice twice per week and gymnastics twice per week. The rest of her time is spent doing normal 8 year old stuff. Some of the dance companies she competed against practice nearly every day of the week and compete in a lot more competitions than my daughter’s group. For now I am happy with two times a week.
In a few weeks we’ll be traveling to Chicago for a national competition. This is the big one. The girls have worked hard so I know they will be ready. Now if mom can keep it together we’ll be all set lol.
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?