This was Hannah's first year in a regular dance class. She was the only "new" student in the class, so she had a lot of catching up to do. She's learned so much from her teacher, Sheena, and from her friends in the class! I could not have envisioned a better environment for her! I was expecting some frustration or annoyance from her classmates--I mean, really, most of them are middle schoolers, with a few high schoolers in the mix as well. But there hasn't been a single issue with any of them. They have been so very patient with Hannah.
Last week it was Picture Day at the dance studio. I was rather dreading it. I was imaging it to be a bit like one of those pageant TV shows. We had instructions for hair and makeup. Hair? She can't stand to have her hair pulled tight, but we did manage to get in a bun without too much drama. Makeup? On a 13 year old? A 13 year old who isn't interested in makeup? She was much more interested with her swirly dress!
We'll see how the pictures come out. When Hannah is told to smile, she usually ends up with a grimace. We usually have to make her laugh to get a real smile out of her, and then her mouth is usually open.
The girls got the chance to rehearse in their costumes. This is good because they all get distracted with how fabulous they look in the mirrors and how different it is to dance in a skirt than a leotard.
Hannah knows all her steps, but her timing is just a smidgen behind the rest of the dancers. She tries her best, and that's just fine.
Hannah is the farthest dancer in blue at the beginning of this video clip.