Icons of Dance … and Me!

 

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!

Dance Costume 1xx

Dance Costume 3x  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. 

1954 shamrock dance costume 2x1954 shamrock dance costume x  In case you can’t tell, the hat that year was a shamrock strapped, at a jaunty angle, to the top of my head!

Dance Costume 1953 2x

Dance Costume 2x

1954 skeleton dance costume x 1954 skeleton dance costume 2x  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!

12 Responses to Icons of Dance … and Me!

  1. Linda says:

    I love these pictures! I especially like the one of you in front of the dresser mirror. Your mother had already developed her creative photography skills. Cute post.

  2. Sandra says:

    Welll, Linda, you KNOW she had alot of practice! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  3. cathy says:

    Wow! What fun!

  4. ellebee says:

    These are great pictures! What a fun “dance” down memory lane! 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    Yes, Cathy, it really was fun — or at least the recitals were. But, I HATED practicing. So, when we moved to Indiana when I was 9, I told my mother I didn’t want to start lessons again here.

    Ellebee — I’m glad you enjoyed these. 🙂

  6. C. Beth says:

    The pictures don’t tell me a whole lot about your dancing skills (too bad video cameras weren’t around!) but they tell me a lot about your mom’s sewing skills! Wow! Great costumes!

  7. C says:

    V and I took dancing lessons together. And in the elementary grade school Christmas play one year, she was “Holly” and I was “Mistletoe.” I remember liking her costume so much better than mine and making the glittered head band at home to wear in the presentation. Such fun. I have two left feet now. C

  8. Hilary says:

    Look how cute you were! And proud. I remember watching the occasional live show at our local theater and thinking what a glamourous life those kids had. And now one of the stars speaks out. 😉 A fun post, Sandra. 🙂

  9. Sandra says:

    Beth — In her late teens/early 20’s my mother had worked in a clothing factory as a seamstress, so, I think, that experience made her an excellent seamstress. As I remember, her and the director of the dance school, would put their heads together and come up with our costumes — a nod to Mama’s talent. Also, if there was another mother who couldn’t sew (I guess most mothers could back then), she would make the costume for that little girl too.

    C — You confirm what I think … great memories can come from being just average dancers who must be the mistletoe when they’d rather be the holly, and being in a hot skeleton costume instead of a pretty taffeta costume! Wonderful memories can still result, and especially for you, getting to share the experience with V!

    Hilary — I really like “and now one of the stars speaks out”. You have a wonderful way with words, my friend. But, believe me when I tell you, you are the FIRST to think of me as the star! 🙂

  10. Vicki says:

    What darling pictures! I took dance lesson also! In fact “C” and I took together, but as far as I can recall there are no photos. That’s sad. Enjoyed the post! V.

  11. Sandra says:

    Vicki — I think it is wonderful that, although you don’t have pictures, you and C share the memories of dance lessons! I have only come to realize how fortunate I was that my mother had the camera at the ready most of the time, since I started using old photos here. She would love it that they are being enjoyed by a whole new audience!

  12. dance says:

    haha, I think dance it´s so great exercise!

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