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Eat. Sleep. Dance. Repeat. … not necessarily in that order.

It’s on a T-shirt available for those very dedicated dancers.

Enough said.

This week begins another big dance year for my daughter. Well, classes and rehearsals commenced in July at another studio where she studies ballet and pre-pointe and dances as with a dance company that performs “The Nutcracker” every fall and a spring show every April. However, the studio where she has studied ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip-hop and acrobat over the past eight years begins its 25th year of instruction this afternoon. Lots of good things loom on the horizon, including two new classes for musical theater and ballet technique.

Lots of busy evenings loom for this dance mom, too. Really though, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My daughter has embraced dance and creative movement since she was 3. It started with gymnastics and continued with the addition of ballet class the following year. The other dance styles eventually followed, but gymnastics phased out once hip-hop entered the picture. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees, and choices had to be made. Her choices.

This year, Amber not only embarks on another year of dance classes but on her first year in the role of student teacher. The dance studio offers intermediate level dancers on up to assist with the younger classes. In addition to helping the students learn positions and routines, the student teachers must stand as good role models in the studio. Over the years, Amber has had wonderful dancers to look to as she learned. It is my hope that the dancers that she assists will see the same in her.

So begins a week of dance. Actually, it started Sunday afternoon with “Nutcracker” rehearsal and an audition for the role of Louise, the sister of main character, Clara. Amber was one of five dancers who tried for the part. While she didn’t get the part, she was happy for the dancer who did get the role. What also got me was that she wasn’t nervous going into the audition. Yay!

Here’s to confidence, great dancing and another year of fun for my daughter and her fellow dancers!