And then recital day was here. All of the girls in her class walked out on stage, got into their positions and then began to dance. They did great for about 30 seconds, though Scarlet spent most of the time watching the girls next to her while she danced, and then they got to the part where they all get in one line and one girl leads them around to the back of the stage. Well that little girl forgot to move. So they all stood there, and then Scarlet took over. She began directing the older girl with frantic hand motions that she needed to get going. Once the line was finally moving they were way off of the music and had only made it about 1/4 of the way around the stage. The rest of the dance included another circle around the stage and since they hadn't made it around the first time, they were all out of position. Most of the girls looked around, not really sure what to do next. Scarlet wasted no time. She started grabbing girls and leading them to their spot. She then got in her own spot just in time for the last move of the dance and the bow.
It was hilariously disastrous.
Jon was only able to stay until this point so he left while the boys and I trudged on through the rest of the little kid routines. And then, about four dances later, Scarlet's group headed back on stage. They gave them a second try! This time, the little girl on the end did remember to lead the circle around but the stage is about 4 times bigger than their studio so she didn't make it as far as she needed to, but it was far enough for the girls to figure out what was next. Honestly, it was a really poorly choreographed routine but they did a great job.
When I asked Scarlet later about the neighbor watching, she informed me, "But mom, if I don't watch them, how will I know when they are doing the dance wrong?"
At the end of the year, Scarlet auditioned for their dance team and made it! We have just started her summer classes for the Mini Team. She will dance 3 hours a week and take tap, jazz, hip hop and technique. She also gets to be in her first competition this year along with a couple other small performances. Yay Scarlet!