Dancing, singing & giggling is my daughter’s natural state. Sometimes I worry that formal dance training may rob her of that natural, untrained, fearless grace. Should I?
Last night I watched a video my wife had taken of our little girl dancing. The point of the video was not to capture her dancing; it’s just her natural state: dancing… running… singing… giggling.
At any moment of the day she may break into dance… sometimes graceful ballet-like twirls, sometimes vaudevillian soft shoe, and other times earthy 60’s hippie, flower-child movements.
Watching her last night, I had the same thought I’ve had many times before, “I hope she never loses that natural, untrained, fearless grace.” And I worry that giving her formal lessons may squash it?
The thought of some well-meaning dance instructor telling her she is “doing it wrong” makes me cringe. Instead, I’d simply want them to communicate, “here’s another fun way you can learn to dance.”
Am I worrying about nothing? I don’t care if she’s ever a great dancer… or even a good dancer. It would break my heart if anything ever robbed her of the sheer joy she clearly feels when dancing.