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You don’t know her

I was downloading performance pictures from Nutcracker this week, and, like any good dance mom, posting them to my social media. It hit me that most of the Princess’ friends have never seen her dance. She lives in two separate worlds….her school world, and her dance world. They don’t overlap at all. There’s an entire side to her that her school peeps have never even glimpsed. I don’t hold it against them  at all. I just find it interesting.

I looked at those pictures of her dancing, knowing exactly what faults she would find and point out, which she would like, which she would tell me to not download. She sees herself critically in the photos. I just see her when I look at them, and I realized, you don’t really know her if you’ve never seen her dance. She bares herself when she’s dancing – her passion, her drive, her emotions, her intent,  her strength, her vulnerability. Every time she performs, I learn something about her, and I think that’s what makes me cry when I watch her. I see her, and I know all the work she’s put into it.

I hope someday her friends get to see her dance. They’ll see a side of her they’ve never known, they’ll maybe understand why she frequently has to say, “I can’t, I have dance”, and they’ll know her better, because you don’t really know her, all of her, unless you’ve seen her dance.

9 thoughts on “You don’t know her

  1. How awesome! I was a nationally competitive figure skater and even spent most of high school training in another state. My friends all knew I skated. They asked about it and knew I missed a lot because of it. But now that you mention this, I don’t think most of them ever even saw me skate. In some ways, it is nice to have those separate worlds. Your daughter is awesome!

    • Thank you. What an amazing experience for you! Sometimes I think I really want them to see her dance because it is such a huge part of her life and who she is.

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