Dessa has loved music since she was born and has gradually developed a serious affinity for dancing. For the past month or so, she has demanded that the whole family take part in evening dance parties in our living room. She doesn't care what's playing—reggae, salsa, headache-inducing kiddie tunes or old-school hip-hop—you name it, she'll shake to it.
Being the overzealous parents that we are, my hubby and I have started looking for dance classes for Dessa. We saw a group of little girls around Dessa's age perform at a local showcase and they so cute with their hair done up and their tutus spinning. But their "dance" was more about staring at the audience than choreography. There was some occasional toe pointing, a twirl or two, a bit of hip shaking and one crying toddler. Watching those girls didn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling about dropping upwards of fifty bucks a month on dance classes for Dessa when she does more in our living room for free.
At what point do I put aside my frugal and sensible self to let my daughter indulge in some independent fun time with other kids? Most programs don't start until kids are at least three but we've been lucky to find a few that cater to toddlers. The woman we spoke to admitted that at Dessa's age, it's really more tumbling than dancing, but in the end the kids love it.
Be honest with me Mamis: Am I nuts to sign up a two-year-old for dance classes?