I have video footage of her in sponge rollers, doing some sort of made-up bull dance to Shania Twain's "Man I Feel Like a Woman", as well as Little Miss Graceful twirling like a ballerina to music. She always pulled us into it with her, whether it was twirling her, twisting with her, whatever fit. We laugh about this and she just says, "The music speaks to me....I can't help it, okay?"
So through the years, she has done all kinds of dance. She started ballet and tap at the age of almost 3. She then added jazz to that, dancing all of those for almost 9 years.
Then we went to China to get Luke. If you have followed my blog for very long, you may remember the video footage of her dancing in the park in China with the Chinese dancers. As we stood there watching the dancers, I was watching her as she watched them. Her feet were moving...she was watching every move. She was 11 then. She wanted to be out there dancing. She asked her daddy if she could dance with them. We ended up leaving that day without her dancing. I think her dad just didn't know how they would welcome a foreigner dancing with them and if she could indeed keep up. Well we came back the next day and I just knew this opportunity just might be one in a life time. She looked at her daddy with the puppy dog eyes and asked if she could dance. Of course, I helped out a little. :) She went up and asked the lady in charge, and they all gladly welcomed her. And she did a great job keeping up. She was just learning as she went. They loved her! She drew quite the crowd...this 11 year old American blond haired girl dancing with the Chinese ladies in the park. You can see that video here on my blog.
It's just in her. She has to dance or bust.
Well we took a break from dancing for about a year after Luke came home because of how time consuming it had become. She had this new little brother and she wanted to enjoy every minute of it. We needed to simplify. We were driving 45 minutes one way three times a week to dance. But just like I suspected when we were away from dancing, she missed it. So we found other avenues. With her love of China, we discovered the Chinese dancing. And she has most recently added swing dancing to that as well.
This next Saturday is the Chinese New Year Festival. It's the big event she missed last year when she was in the hospital. You may remember that. She had the dress rehearsal for that last week. Here are a couple of pictures from that day.
We are praying all goes well this year and she does indeed get to dance at the festival. Being the worrier she is, it's in the back of her mind. We're praying all goes well!
As far as Joy is concerned, there are so many types of dance to explore and try out, and so little time. On her list to try are Irish dancing, Flamingo dancing, Salsa dancing, and more ballroom dances.
She's loving the swing dancing, by the way!
It's so fitting that she has a ballet bar and mirror in her room and these words above it:
Dance like no one's watching
♥ Tammy ♥