Tiny dancer

She bashfully admires her reflection in the mirror as I help her step into the beautiful flower girl dress she wore at my brother’s wedding earlier this year.

She lifts her hair as I pull up the zip, her shy smile breaking into full beam. As she lets her soft curls fall to her shoulders she twists from side to side watching the tulle of her dress fan out and the sequins sparkle. She’s chuffed to bits that I’m letting her wear her special ‘wedding dress’ to play in. I figure it’s only going to fit her for a little longer, so why not?!

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After she’s finished ogling herself she runs out of her bedroom at high speed her voice breaking in excitement as she hides down the hallway, ‘Say it, Mummy. Say it.’

I know my role well, it’s becoming a regular performance these days.

‘Ladies and Gentleman,’ I say in my best circus ring leader voice.

‘Introducinnnnnnnnnng …’

She bursts into her bedroom before I can finish, breathless and grinning wildly. She is in her element as she spins and twirls, jumps and leaps to Justine Clarke blasting on her Dora ‘moo-cus’ player. She pants as her little legs work faster and faster, her arms flailing wildly. She spins and spins until she dizzily tumbles to the floor in a ball of giggles.

She jumps back up in an instant, her face serious now.

She attempts to put her feet in first position to practice her diamonds (plies) she learns at our Mummy and Me dance class, and the pirouettes I have clumsily attempted to teach her.

She means business. She is a ‘battelina’.

There is barely a second of the day when our three-year-old is not twirling, jumping or skipping. It’s not something new for her either. She’s seemed to have the rhythm in her since she was born.

Who knows if this love of dancing will continue or if she will be a ‘battelina’ when she grows up? All we know is that right now we can’t get enough of watching her light up as she moves to her music, her beautiful personality shining through as she expresses herself through dance.

Do you have a tiny dancer in your house? What are your kids obsessed with at the moment?

34 comments on Tiny dancer

  1. Trish
    November 13, 2013 at 6:28 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful post and gorgeous girl.
    She will remember you letting her play (seriously I mean dance) in her pretty dress.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm (4 years ago)

      I hope so, Trish! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words.

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  2. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    November 13, 2013 at 6:38 am (4 years ago)

    I remember my moo doing that when she was a bout 3 or 4 – she is still a big performer and wants me to announce her impromptu shows all the time. I love that they love dancing and showing off – it’s great for their confidence xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm (4 years ago)

      It sure is! I just love this side of my little one. Reminds me of when I was her age xx

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  3. Toni
    November 13, 2013 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

    I always wanted to do jazz ballet as a child but I never got to. I still like dancing now too. I dance in front of bubba and she laughs her ass off – not sure whether that means its entertaining or I just look ridiculous.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Haha Toni. I just laughed out loud πŸ™‚

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  4. Tina
    November 13, 2013 at 11:49 am (4 years ago)

    You have such a beautiful way with words, Renee. Curlylocks will look back on her childhood and remember how special it was that her mummy let her dance around the house in her flower girl dress. A special memory x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Tina πŸ™‚ It’s easy to write about my little cherubs x

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  5. Sarah@SnippetsandSpirits
    November 13, 2013 at 11:51 am (4 years ago)

    So precious, lets hope she continues to dance like nobody is watching. Your writing captured me.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh thank you so much, Sarah! She sure does dance like nobody is watching! I hope she keeps it up too!

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  6. Neets
    November 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful post Renee and what a beautiful relationship you have with your little girl. I certainly have a dancer in my house. Each morning Miss H puts on her ballerina dress and invites me to her concert. She practices for 5 minutes in her bedroom then comes out prancing around on her toes (she walks on her toes ALL of the time). Master H on the other hand is obsessed with dressing up as Batman. Together they mean business too….hope you’re well x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol. OMG Neets. That is so darn cuuute! I love that she walks on her toes all the time and your other little one loves to dress up as Batman. Must be fun times at your house πŸ™‚ Hope you and bub are well too x

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  7. Me
    November 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this post – makes me wish we had a littlie in the house still !!!!! K wasn’t very big on performances of any sort – she prefered to sit and play lego or read ! Oh well – I suppose we can’t all be the same hey ?
    Have the best week !
    Me

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Me πŸ™‚ Yes, they all have their little things they love doing. My little one loves to read too. She has a special spot on the stairs that she likes to sit on and flick through her books. Have a great week too!

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  8. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    November 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm (4 years ago)

    My daughter is five and has put on shows for us for a few years now. I love it!!
    It is actually how she learnt her full name, first, middle and last! Because we had to continually introduce her!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh that’s so cute, Sam! It’s such a classic watching them. I have so many little clips of her performing. Can’t wait for the 21st!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Janet. She’ll enjoy looking back over the photos and clips in years to come πŸ™‚

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  9. Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma
    November 14, 2013 at 12:26 am (4 years ago)

    This is so beautiful, Renee. You have such a way with words. As I was reading, I could picture it all. It brought me back to my own childhood and makes me look forward to things to come with my own baby girl. You are such a lovely mummy. Thanks so much for sharing this. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 14, 2013 at 6:16 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Lizzy. That is really kind of you. Wishing you many special memories with your little girl x

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  10. Lauren
    November 14, 2013 at 7:41 am (4 years ago)

    What an amazing picture – it captures the moment so well. This is a beautiful post! From a fellow tiny dancer (albeit retired!), she will remember this experience x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Lol πŸ™‚ Thank you, Lauren. I sure hope it will be a happy memory that she will take with her x

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  11. Josefa @always Josefa
    November 14, 2013 at 9:33 am (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful thing to watch and savour Renee. I love the inner spirit that children have and the way they just light up when they are doing what makes them happiest the most. Almost like reliving an old life or reaching in to their old soul. May the music and dance always make her shine and may you always be on the sidelines being the proud mummy that you are. Just beautiful x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Josefa. She has been dancing and singing up a storm today. It has been lovely to watch x

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  12. Kathy
    November 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm (4 years ago)

    This is so lovely Renee – you know we have our budding ballerina (proud Mumma boast – who won most promising junior, 12 years and under, at her dance studio). This love of dance is so natural and beautiful to watch as proud Mums. When Miss Yin was little we used to have a favourite song (Accidentally in Love – as per Shrek movie) and we would dance together, swirl and dip and I would spin her around and around on the office chair and we would collapse in giggles and joy. It is so special that you let your girl dress up and dance and dance to her (and your) heart’s content.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm (4 years ago)

      What a lovely story, Kathy. You have such a special relationship with Miss Yin and she is just the most gorgeous ballerina I’ve ever seen. You must be bursting with pride about her recent win. I would love to see her dance someday x

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  13. Katie (@mumabytes)
    November 15, 2013 at 8:17 am (4 years ago)

    Just gorgeous! She’s so beautiful. I have one just like her in my house. Constantly putting on concerts and flinging around. It’s so magical for them, and it’s great to see their confidence and creativity shine through. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm (4 years ago)

      It really is! Last night she put on some sparkly shoes and told me she was a princess and to look at all of the other princesses following her. It’s such a laugh x

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  14. floodproofmum
    November 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I wish I still had a tiny dancer! What a beautiful post and a special time to share with your daughter. She will look back on this post when she is older and still remember those times with her mum. Creating these memories is priceless. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Tanya.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 16, 2013 at 6:19 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Tanya. They really are happy times and so important to enjoy now while she is young and carefree πŸ™‚

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  15. Zanni Louise
    November 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm (4 years ago)

    How gorgeous Renee. I loved dancing as a kid, and my daughter loves it too. I think it’s so beautiful. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 17, 2013 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni. They’re so fun to watch, aren’t they?! x

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  16. Fashionista
    February 25, 2014 at 8:13 am (3 years ago)

    Miss 15 started ballet lessons at 3 after nagging me (as only a 3yo can!) until I capitulated. It is her passion and gives her something to focus on outside of school. She dances seven dance disciplines and is an assistance teacher to a junior class. Exam time and concert time are pretty hectic (sometimes I have considered leaving her at the dance school with a sleeping bag & pillow!) but it is an excellent hobby. And lordy me there is nothing prettier than a tutu.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness! You really do have a dancer on your hands. Seven dance disciplines? That is amazing. I didn’t even know there were that many. You must be soooooo proud!

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