Lily’s Dance Recital
What does it take to be a dancer? Skill, focus, determination, practice, flexibility, joie de vivre, a love of bright lights.… Stuff like that. An awesome teacher also helps. Liliana’s dance instructor is Harmony True. Seriously, is that not the best name ever? Miss Harmony is a vision of elegance, grace, and loveliness. She’s incredibly patient. She’s also quite pregnant at the moment and still leaping and twirling like a champ. She lead the littlest dancers in their routines at the recital on Sunday. It was fabulous.
If you want to be a dancer, you have to practice—occasionally in pink cowboy boots.
Did I mention you have to practice? A lot.
Sometimes you have to curl your hair with socks.
You have to have a mom with steady hands who can apply stage makeup: foundation and powder.
Stage makeup 2: eyeliner, eyebrow pencil and mascara (!)
Stage makeup 3: full eyeshadow. Shades of brown with white highlighting. Very classy.
Stage makeup 4: cheeks and lipstick.
Then you have to finish your hair, hairspray the bejeezus out of it, and put on your costume. And that’s just for the dress rehearsal.
Then you should do a little posing in your neighborhood.
You have to patient at rehearsal while you wait for your turn.
You need to fuel up before the performance (with a bean and carnitas burrito, some pico de gallo, and sweet potato tortilla chips).
On performance day, get your dancer attitude on.
You have to be patient again, as you hang out backstage. And try not to get makeup on your white gloves.
After the performance, you can make funny faces with your brother.
You can bask in the glory.
You can be gracious with your adoring fans.
You can hug your flowers.
You can thank your mom for being so skilled at using beauty products.
You can eat an enormous fudgy brownie with raspberry coulis and whipped cream. You burned a lot of calories—you earned it.