Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Taking the Leap

See that truly genuine smile? This girl is taking a major leap. Last Thursday, she was invited to join the Tiny Company at her dance studio. You can see she dressed for her celebratory dinner at Red Robin.

We had not planned on making this leap just yet, but then we received the email invitation. Brad and I spent most of Thursday emailing each other. Is it too soon? Is it too much? We knew this was a move she desperately wanted, but we worried about the pressure of competition. We were assured that the goal was to try your best rather than win--we like that. We also worried that this would put all of her focus on dance. Then we remembered she really doesn't want to do anything else. She has zero interest in any kind of sport. We also realized it only added another hour of time beyond what we already planned to do, and she has made the transition to longer classes beautifully this summer. At the end of the day, we talked to some people we trust, and then we talked with Issa. Her squeal sealed the decision.

She will be at the studio a little more than in the past--two evenings a week and one Saturday a month. She will also get to compete four times in the spring. She is thrilled about the whole situation. I love that she already is practicing at home more. Stretching more. She has a goal, and she is working towards it. She is at the studio all week for Pop Star Camp, and she couldn't be happier about her time there. The older company girls are already becoming big sisters to her, and she is falling more in love with dance by the day. And so, we make the leap...

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