Breakdancing Kindergartners

A couple of weeks ago, my five-year-old son came home all excited because he wanted to sign up for a dance class. I honestly had no idea what he was talking about, but lucky for me, the other kindergarten moms are in the know. It turned out that it was an afterschool breakdancing program. Breakdancing? I am definitely old enough to remember the kids in my neighborhood tossing a piece of cardboard in the street and bustin' moves to a blaring boom box. And I have to say, watching the teachers at this class was at least as impressive. Wow.

But that’s not what this is about. We showed up and the gym was packed with kids from kindergarten through second grade. It was absolutely reasonable, but when you’re a kindergartner, second graders seem like “big kids.” But somehow in the crowd, my son and his classmates found each other. They ended up on the edge and toward the back-I’m not sure they could even see the teachers most of the time, but that didn’t stop them. They did it, and they did it together. There was some falling over and a bit of flopping around, but they pressed on and had lots of fun in the process.

Sure, we hear little pep talks all the time about trying your best and dancing like no one’s watching, but this was different. Here’s how: it didn’t occur to them to take it on in any other way than they had-I saw it in their faces. I found myself wondering when I’d lost that. I know we all must have that in us because each and every one of them does. I don’t just want to apply that to the writing part of my life-I want to live my whole life like that and I believe we all can.

Oh, and by the way, the second week of class, they took a spot front and center and breakdanced like there was no tomorrow. ;)
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Published on February 09, 2014 16:54
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