Dance Like No Ones Watching!

dance-like-no-ones-watchingYou’ve heard the saying “Dance like no ones watching”, but what if they were?  An entire auditorium full of them.  Would you still be able to dance with no inhibitions?

I spent the day with my daughter at her 7th  Dance Recital where she ‘Tapped’ her little heart out to ’Itty Bitty Pretty One’ and ‘Hip Hopped’ to ’Lets get ready to Rumble’.  When I was her age there would have been no way I could have come out on stage, never mind remember an entire dance performance with out looking like a deer in the headlights.


All the dancers and instructors put their heart and soul into their routines.  One young girl began her performance, then stopped not remembering her next step.  She looked for reassurance from the side line where her instructor stood.  No one could see the instructor but she must be an incredibly encouraging person.  I say this because the young girl all of 9 or 10 years old paused and then continued her dance several times.  Her teacher kept her going.  I wish we could have seen her encouraging gestures from behind the curtain.  I tried as every single person in the audience did to send her my personal power to keep going.  I kept repeating  in my head “please keep going, don’t give up, you can do it!”  And then it happened, one of the Judges started to clap in a rhythm to keep her going and instantly the entire auditorium came together and joined in.  The look on this little girls face brought tears to my eyes.  At that moment she taught us all to NEVER give up.  She had our support and that is what got her through her routine.  It was incredible for all the little girls and boys to see that no matter what, no one was going to laugh at her, they were all right behind her the whole way.  There was talent in every category,  Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical dance, Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre.  At one point during a beautiful performance in Lyrical dance all I could think was that  little girls truly are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.  It was whimsical!  I spent the entire day watching dance with my little dancer and I couldn’t have been more proud.


These girls and boys  have confidence that will last them a life time.  I asked my daughter if she was nervous before she went out on stage and she replied “right before you go out you do have butterflies in your tummy but they get kicked out as soon as you start to dance”.  There is nothing more satisfying than to watch your little girl smile and dance like no ones watching, when in fact they are.  They were truly enjoying every moment.  The hand made costumes alone were worth going to see.  I smile every time I think of any part of the day, every moment was magical.hip hop

Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like no one’s watching.
Sing like no one’s listening.
Live like there’s no tomorrow.
Fear like a stone.


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  • jacquie

    My daughter’s competitive dance career is now over so I read your post with a sense of nostalgia. It brought back so many fun memories of being backstage and waiting for results and group photos and huge happy smiles.
    I never got tired of watching the kids dance and marveled at the way they put it all out there for everyone to enjoy. Dance audiences are terrific, too.

  • bonnie

    That’s wonderful. I so wish I’d been there to watch too.

    I am particularly moved by the whole auditorium coming together to support that little girl who was stumbling a bit.

    I think I’ll print out your last six lines and place them on my wall as a reminder…you may be hearing from John about the sing like no ones listening one. LOL

  • Josie

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your account of ‘one day at the dance’, Tracy. You made it easy to get the sense of being there, fully involved and ‘on board’ with you.

  • Tracy Westerholm

    One of the wonderful things about having girlfriends with older kids is that you are reminded through conversations about how fast children grow up. With this constant reminder I am able to live in the moment with mine. Before you know it they are grown up and doing their own things. Although I think that no matter how old your children become they always remain your kids and even though it’s not dance recitals or sports your watching, but perhaps your daughter or son pursue their passion, you still find yourself with a proud smile on your face regardless of their age. Thanks for reminding me of this so I do cherish each moment with mine. Muah ! xo

  • Mary Dale

    When I watch kids perform, speak or do anything in front of a crowd I actually tear up for that kid like I was their proud mother! I recently went to see Terry Fox Secondary’s production of Hair and a couple of things struck me. One, the kids were so talented in both singing and dancing. Two, they were so uninhibited. The performed their hearts out and did what had to be done to portray the 1960 craziness. And I teared up a lot!!

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