More Than Thumbs & Kicks

It's Observation Week at DQ's dance studio.

First on the agenda, Tap III.

I feel bad because most of the time when my oldest daughter pulls her tap shoes on, I run for the nearest earplug or ibuprofen bottle. I've developed a tap-tic, because ever since our kitchen, dining, and computer room got laminate flooring, our home has become a regular dance hall.

But in the studio, with a class of talented young ladies and one amazing teacher, the sound is a foot-powered symphony.

Today I welcomed the strong beating of the wood floor and watched in awe.

Tap dancing is one of my favorites to watch. I study everyone's feet and just wish I had an ounce of ability in me.

I dance like Elaine Benes, from Seinfeld, at best.

This is me. Thumbs and kicks.


But my daughter is a dancer. She is committed, she is self-disciplining, and she is good at it!

I love seeing DQ in her element.

Away for a moment from the sibling rivalry, the resisting chores, the sassy tween-atude. She is confident, strong, and capable.

I've always known it, I just love to see it, to feel it, to learn from it.

Tomorrow's class, Hip Hop II.

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  1. Braja said...

    That was hilarious!

  2. Weaselmomma said...

    Booze in a brown paper bag go nicely with ear plugs and ibuprofen.

  3. Brittany said...

    I also have no dancing abiltiy, but I can imagine it is amazing to watch! Goosebumps!

  4. angi_b72 said...

    I took ballet and tap as a child. My daughters are not really into it. My oldest tried it and hated it, my youngest is a "sports" girl. I wish one of them would have taken to tap though, it si really beautiful to watch!

  5. xoxo, collette said...

    That's one of the best "Seinfeld" episodes EVER! It always makes me laugh hysterically. Please tell me you're kidding... I can't picture you dancing like that! =)

  6. Lori said...

    That's exactly how I feel when I see Bug on the soccer field! I know just what you mean.

  7. Quirkyloon said...

    Those are the type of moments a Mom or Dad lives for!

    Great post!

  8. kel said...

    I can't dance to save my life. I look like I'm having a seizure.

  9. Pamela Kramer said...

    No, there is no way you dance like that! rofl!!! I love Elaine.

  10. Tenakim said...

    If you dance like Elaine, I would pee in my pansts!!!

    I can't draw stick figures, but my husband is awesome and my kids are pretty artistic... I look at their stuff in awe!

  11. Cathie said...

    My daughter was in tap, I forgot to sign her back up. She loves making noise and she is good at the tap dancing.

  12. derfina said...

    One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes! Thanks for the memories.

  13. Merrie said...

    Nothing makes me happier than Elaine dancing. Thanks for making my morning.
    Yay DQ!! She is amazing!

  14. Sara said...

    LOL! I have always said the exact same thing about my dancing ability. No believes me until they pull me on the dance floor thinking they will be the ones to break out my inner Beyonce. Ummm...not so much.

  15. Rachel said...

    How great that she loves it, is good at it and has discipline with it.

    My mom bought my daughter a pair of tap shoes at a garage sale and she hasn't taken tap yet; but she tries her best to tap away!

  16. Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

    Tap was always my favorite when I was growing up. I wish I had the discipline to take it again! It's great that your daughter is loving it! My daughter loves it, also.

  17. Linda S said...

    cool, we can do a line dance @ blogher....kick,1,2,3 thumb 1,2,3,...

  18. beth said...

    Time to develop your Momatude and get your funk on.

  19. April said...

    You can't possibly be as bad as Elaine!!! My husband is a great dancer and has passed it on to my drama queen...aka middle child.

  20. Jo-Jo said...

    I always wanted to be like Bob Hope and Sammy Davis Jr.

  21. Jenni Jiggety said...

    Aw! Tap dancing was always my favorite class! I actually looked into taking an adult class but I didn't go through with it.

  22. Sabrae said...

    Love the clip!!! But I'm sure you aren't that bad???Are you??? LOL!

  23. The White House said...

    Awesome! Isn't it so great to watch your girl do that? Makes a momma proud!

  24. Elaine said...

    Oh fun, my little one just started dance, we get to watch once a month too.

  25. Swirl Girl said...

    My older one has no rhythm at all - but she loves to dance. And has been taking Hip Hop for 3 years...she is actually pretty good at it too!

    My little one is as graceful as a swan and has a natural ability...

    I could watch them both dance...endlessly. Such wreckless abandon.

    I myself was a tapper - for 20 years and can still do it. Love that travelling time step!

  26. Krystyn said...

    Glad you were able to enjoy this demonstration.

    Thumbs and kicks...it's a good thing your daughter didn't get that from you!

  27. Rebecca a.k.a. Mum said...

    I hope to get Sof into some sort of dancing when she is a bit older...and I am more capable of juggling multiple kids extra curricular things. lol

    It is great DQ is so into her dance, and so good at it too! :)

  28. flickrlovr said...

    That's so cool that she's so into dance-I used to be...but sort of dropped it (did many early years of ballet, then took some hip hop/salsa too). It's so much fun! What an inspiring thing too...I definitely feel you-watching people dance so well makes me want to get up and go for it with them too! Haha. But I resist. I can hold a rhythm, but music is more my thing now-LOL.

  29. Mrs4444 said...

    This is beautiful; love your writing... :)

  30. Elaine A. said...

    I don't know what's worse in that video, Elaine's dancing or the '90's big hair!

    I danced for 10 years and still could never get the hang of tap. Kudos to your girl for doing it! )

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