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4.02.2014

Dance Diva

mostly this post is an excuse to show you this.

sometimes parents suck.  and trust me, not the worst of my costumes.

yes ma'am, i participated in dance class as a child.  ballet, tap, and jazz, all of which required recitals with costumes like those.  for far too many years, in my opinion.  and not because i hated it all that much - i didn't.  but because i sucked.  i'm not being modest, you know that's not my style.  there's certain areas i'm talented in and excelled at.  dance class was never, ever one of them.  if i could show you the videos from said recital, i would.  thankfully they're all on vhs in my mother's basement or, when i get really lucky, my dad has taped over them with horse racing.  because you'd laugh your head off, since every single video shows the distinct moments where melissa and i stare at each other with 'wtf comes next' faces and totally freeze on stage.

melissa was my best friend all those years ago.  she lives in vegas now and she's a performer, but a singer more than a dancer.  (she actually recently won a singing competition and bought a car with her winnings.  jealous.)  neither of us have done anything with our decade in dance class because we didn't retain any of it.  if we even learned it in the first place.  you see, we simply never paid attention.  really.  we did our warm ups because what's better than a freestyle dance party to ace of base?  (this was 1995 folks.)  and then we spent the next hour or so fake paying attention while we plied and talked about boys.

then we'd wait for her grandparents to pick us up and take us to the diner next door for food.  if the weather was nice, we'd get dairy queen.  and that's what i remember from dance class.  the food, the ace of base songs, and how much i liked tap shoes.  oh and on recital days (all day events) my mom would take us down to the toy store and get us some entertainment.  i always picked balloon animals - yes, i can make you a balloon poodle.  nothing else though.  just poodles.  that's what i did instead of, oh say.... practicing.  i made balloon animals and then got on stage and completely forgot whatever dance it was i supposedly spent months learning.

cheers to you miss lynette.  you put up with a lot from us and loved us anyway.  but those costumes were evil.

33 comments:

  1. Bahahahahaha. I just laughed at that outfit. Lucky you.

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  2. OMG how funny. I'll have to share one of my dance team pics knee high socks and all. I suck at dancing too.

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  3. The outfit is priceless. I never did dance when I was that little but my sister did and she had some hilarious outfits too!

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    1. There's definitely some worse ones, consider yourself lucky it was just your sister! I'll have to find some more photos to post ;)

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  4. Muahahahahha... I love old school kid pics! Sweet hat! ;P

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  5. That hat though is the best part! I loved dance class but hated the recital. So many people staring at you. Stage freight galore!

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  6. hahahah you have to admit though, these moments are awesome and so hilarious. old school pics are the best.

    kayla has a recital coming up but it's ballet and i can't wait to see her and the other kids in their little tutus.

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda

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  7. LMAO that photo is too cute! My mom dressed my sister and I alike in this fuffy dresses for years and looking back I could strangle her!

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  8. hahahaha!! Man--when I was a kid most of my friends had dance lessons and I wanted dance lessons so bad. But judging by the costumes it's probably a good thing my parents said no. :P

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  9. That picture is absolutely amazing. I have several that are very close, but not as good as that one!

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  10. it is absolutely crazy the costumes they put kids in to this day. but this pic... i laughed out loud. i did dance too but i loved it. however ace of base and ice cream are pretty great.

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  11. Dance costumes are always pretty bad. I don't know why people think children need to dress like that!

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  12. Hahaha! Dance recitals were always my favorite part! That costume is hilarious, but you were a really pretty little girl!

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    1. Aw thank you :) I may not have known what I was doing, but at least I looked the part!

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  13. I love that photo.

    I never even made it to recital stage. I refused all of it.

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  14. So cute! I wasn't in dance but I was in figure skating & we had some equally awesome costumes. That's so cool that your friend is a performer in Vegas now!

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  15. Old dance pictures are the best. There's nothing cuter than a little girl all dressed up for her dance recital...and of course after a few years pass, it just looks absolutely ridiculous and is a good laugh!

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  16. Lol that's probably why Miss Lynette put you in those costumes :P Payback for not paying attention. It is a priceless photo haha. Have a great one Stephanie! -Iva

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  17. That photo is priceless! lol I think what makes it is definitely the hat! I didn't have many recitals but back in the 80's 90's everyone was pretty much tackied up in clothing or costumes. lol. I have photos of me in tye died leggings and over sized tees with my hair all frizzy because back then they didn't believe in gel or mouse!

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    1. haha that's true, the 80s and 90s were really ridiculous as far as clothes so it wasn't just me! I definitely rocked that same leggings and t-shirt look. And the t always had a picture of a cat!

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  18. That photo is so adorable and funny!! I have the best memories of dance. In fact, I think "I'm Happy" would make a GREAT jazz or tap song and I try to choreograph in my head every time I hear it. I should add my technique was never so great either....

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  19. I have no coordination but I always wanted to be in dance. Seems like great memories came from it, even if they were the "wrong" ones...

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  20. I remember recitals- the worst part was spending hours in a room while all the other classes performed. It was miserable.

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  21. I would have loved to take dance lessons, but I was already involved in softball, cheerleading, gymnastics, and modeling. Didn't leave much time for anything other than school!

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  22. That picture is AMAZING! I did dance recitals too and my costumes were always bad, but this one is priceless. I always got in trouble because the dance songs my teachers would pick were "too sketchy" and then mom wouldn't want me to participate, but I would eventually win over. It took months to convince her that I should be allowed to take the latin ballroom class that happened right after my smooth ballroom class in which we did the tango which was MUCH worse than some hips swinging in the latin class. haha.

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  23. LOL, dying. It's a good thing my Momma never put me in dance - she probably knew I'd end up just killing myself with my two left feet :)

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    1. Trust me, I was not any better! I can't believe my mom let me keep going as long as she did!

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  24. that costume is awesome. please tell me your mom still has it and you can dress Hawkeye in it?

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  25. this is hilarious! i totally had all sorts of crazy costumes when i did dance! you have to show us more photos!
    lotfortyeight.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha I probably will, there's about 18 other equally fabulous costumes!!

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  26. Seriously, could you have been ANY cuter? Like a Little Bo-Peep - adorable.

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