When you discuss really excellent dancers, are the names that come to mind Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers … and Sandra?
Wellll, I did take tap dancing lessons for six years (3-9 years old) and I do like to think that that is what gave me my “natural grace”. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
I may never be a great dancer like Fred and Ginger, but I challenge you to find pictures of them in costumes (and hats) that their mothers’ made, with them looking as proud as I do!
I’m sorry this one isn’t in color, because I remember it as a favorite. It was dark red and gold brocade with yellow trim. Maybe it was the extra cuffs, but I remember it felt very elegant.
In case you can’t tell, the hat that year was a shamrock strapped, at a jaunty angle, to the top of my head!
This was a fun year. I remember we started out down behind tombstones. A little more “theatrical” than the norm for us!
The recitals were the pay-off for all the boring lessons — I loved getting to wear the costumes (and make-up!) and performing on the stage at the air conditioned movie theater on the town square, the Fox (probably the first air conditioning I ever experienced). So, the year we performed in the skeleton costume, while fun, was probably the one I liked the least, because it didn’t give me an excuse to get to wear make-up and it was hot, even in air conditioning!
I was never going to be a great dancer, but it was a fun experience and gave me many great memories!