Gabby's dance recital theme this year was "Texas." Gabby's tap and jazz class chose "Deep In the Heart of Texas!" Gabby worked extremely hard to learn her dance over the past two months and I must say she did amazing! I loved watching her put on a big smile and shake her hips in her tutu while pumping her heart in the dance. She did very well and seemed so confident while performing on stage (although that wasn't truly the case).
Yesterday at the dress rehearsal Gabby heard people laughing (because her dance is so stinking adorable) and Gabby was very upset that people were laughing at her. I calmed her down after ensuring her everyone loved their dance and were just being interactive because they were enjoying singing along \the song and clapping when while singing. They ran through their dance twice on stage and did amazing the second time, but I think the fact that they ran through their dance twice made Gabby feel like they weren't doing it right. This was the first time Gabby's entire class was there in over a month so it was really important for them to get in practice together.
Finally, recital day was here. Gabby made sure her red lipstick was perfect and although she was embarrassed of her costume I think she knew she looked great. She handled the anxiety of the entire day very well. The best part was watching her shake her hips while pumping her heart. She and one other girl lead the five girls in the dance. When the others were not sure whether they were doing something correctly they would look to Gabby or the other sweet girl. Overall the dance went very well and Gabby did a wonderful job performing. She kept a smile on her face and nailed her dance moves. Michael and I are so proud of her. We opted out of giving her flowers and allowed her to get clothes for her American Girl Doll (which is really from Target). Dancing is definitely one of her favorite things to do. People frequently comment on her freestyle dancing because she has some moves. We adore our free spirited tiny dancer.