Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Emma's Dance Recital

This is Emma's 3rd recital she's danced in during her short little lifetime. I have the other two on tape somewhere that I'll try to share some other time. If you can believe it, the tickets were $18 each, and if you wanted to stay to watch the entirety of the recital after your child dances, you had to also purchase them a ticket. It's amazing what we'll pay to experience these things. Needless to say, Clint and I left after Emma danced.
This is a contraband video. The only personal filming a parent could do was during the dress rehearsal, and stupid me didn't get the camera set up before she came on, so instead of enjoying watching Emma practice her dance, I was fuming the whole time that I would have to pay $30 for the DVD, which I would pay in a heartbeat to capture the short two minutes of Emma's stardom on record. I eventually decided to tape it myself during the actual recital, which is forbidden because, obviously, they want you to purchase their professional DVD. Had Emma been in more dances, I may have done that, but as it was I had already spent $550 on dance lessons, $50 on her costume, and $36 on recital tickets, which works out in the end to $318 a minute, or $5.30 a second during her 2 minute long performance. I did my best to stick it to the man.
I am thrilled with how well she did, and so proud she is able to dance in front of hundreds of people without peeing her leotard. Every year without fail, I'm a bundle of nerves leading up to her performance, and every year after her performance, I tell myself that was the last season of dance lessons. Three years later she's still going strong.



Untitled from Jaylee Draney on Vimeo.

9 comments:

Monique said...

Yes, you my friend are a rebel. Stealing a video of your only daughter's tap dance performance. LOL

She did great!

Darla said...

That is worth a million!

H said...

I hear 50 is pretty cheap for a costume. And "if you shorten it, you can wear it again" (name the movie!)

She was fabulous! Thanks for the contraband footage.

Tricia said...

So fun to see! Wasn't she just learning how to eat solid food and recite her ABC's at Tori's house during a primary meeting just yesterday??? Where has the time gone. She is a great dancer! She must get it from her mother! :)

Heather said...

how did you manage to tape without being caught?

Look how confident Emma looks, she rarely looks over at any other girl tot see what she should be doing. whomever it is right next to her? That chick keeps checking Emma out like she isn't sure what to do.

Ed and Bel said...

h- that movie is 27 Dresses.

Sara said...

Jaylee, that was awesome! I always thought it would be neat to be able to tap dance. $550 well spent. :-)

Diana said...

She looks so cute! And she's a better dancer tha I am!

Katie said...

The fact that you flimed during the recital makes me like you even more! Abby's costume cost 65. I wish we could have stayed and watched Emma dance but we also didn't want to buy Abby a ticket. It's sooo ridiculous!