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?!
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.
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?