Marla has always loved to dance, which you probably know if you've ever watched her at a wedding reception. For some reason, I have a lot of opinions about dance classes for little girls, the main one being that they get far too expensive and intense too early in life. I'm a firm believer that kids should be able to explore many different activities without committing to any particular one, at least before high school. So I hesitate to enroll Marla in any of the area dance schools, which all seem to require a 9-month time commitment and cost upwards of $35/month.
However, my friend Jodi tipped me off to a "Dance Buffet" class at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, which runs for just six weeks and offers instruction on "basic dance moves along with an emphasis on listening and following directions." Perfect! I got Marla into the class and she LOVED it. Here she is in her leotard and tutu.
We were excited to discover that Marla's friend Greta was enrolled in the class too. They had so much fun together each week.
The final class was a recital for families. Here she is on recital day.
Here's one of the numbers they performed. It doesn't get much cuter.