Friday, August 10, 2012

Dreams for a Dancer

For some weird reason today's outfit totally reminds me of a ballerina. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's the top knot? Maybe it's the swirly skirt? Maybe I just needed something to write about?

I actually took dance lessons for five years as a very young child. Every week after a healthy dinner of McNuggets at the local McDonald's, my mom would drive my sister and me to a huge pink house- Miss Beverly's Dance Studio. Miss Beverly is pretty much a legend in these parts. She taught my mom and my aunt when they were young girls, then me and my sister, and she still has a dance studio! I never had real aspirations of dancing- I honestly just wanted the cool five year trophy I would get at the annual recital.

Tank and Skirt- Old Navy Wedges- Payless


It's funny though- I remember almost all of the costumes and the songs- one year we did the songs of Mary Poppins, and I remember being super jealous that my sister's class got to perform to the Bangles' hit "Walk Like an Egyptian" (such an awesome song!). I remember begging to do a solo to "Uptown Girl", but my mom insisted I do a trio dance to "Stop in the Name of Love". She pacified me by assuring me that I was the star, a mini Diana Ross. We still argue over who was the most important to this day!



I really wanted to be a gymnast, and I swear I'm not bringing this up because of my obsession with the Olympics. My mom was a state champion when she was in high school, and I can still remember all the cool tricks she could do on our backyard trampoline. It was awesome, and I wanted to be able to do it too. So she agreed to train me before spending the money on professional lessons. Night after night we practiced skills- handstands, back bends, splits, stretches, cartwheels and so forth, but I was a lost cause. Not only am I really inflexible, but I am also terrified of flipping, cartwheeling and standing on my head. It wasn't going to happen.





Now all I can do is dream about dancing and ooh and aah over gymnastics on TV. And spin in circles till I'm dizzy in my swirly skirt!

51 comments:

Hsboschke30 said...

That skirt definitely has a dancer vibe!!!! Love your McD's dinner! haha - thank GOD it's Friday - was this not the longest week ever!

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

The Avg Girl Guide said...

Awww I always wanted to be a gymnast too but had the same challenges. It wasn't going to happen. adore this look!!

Feathers & Freckles said...

I love this outfit! Definitely ballerina-esque. And I picture Miss Beverly as a total character in her pink house with her dance studio. How fun :)

Kathy Haynes said...

I love the way you put colors together in your outfits! The blue/purple and yellow look great together! Also, I love your hair combed to the side!

Always Maylee said...

Love that last picture! Um, I cannot do a cartwheel. I've tried, for years, but I just can't do it.

xo, Yi-chia

Elena said...

Lovely look Katie!
I tried so many things when I was a child: sewing, handcrafting, embroidery, music and of course dance classes:)) I wish we had better dance studios back then.
Have a lovely weekend
Elena
http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

Donna said...

oh the dreams we have as a kid...but on a positive note...you can twirl that skirt like nobodies business...I would definitely give you a '10' :) i so luv reading your blog, you always express thoughts that I have had in the past or am still having, and I just love your duds...you always look so fresh and pretty! And I would love to do my hair like this...how did you do that poofy thing in the back? very pretty!

Becca0817 said...

Whenever I watch gymnastics I really wish I did it when I was younger. I still look for Adult beginner classes, but let's face it. I'm no where near as fearless as I was when I was little and I'd wind up hurting myself. haha

Tara_St said...

I took one dance lesson as a child...and the teacher asked my mom to never bring me back. So, then I was given a book and sent on my nerdy way. Somehow this didn't scar me for the rest of my life.

Tara
Penniless Socialite

Savannah said...

I think I took a total of 2 dance lessons before I begged my mom to let me quit. I did take swimming lessons, but after years of having tubes in my ears, I stayed away from the water.

Cute outfit! I want a skirt I can twirl in lol

Asher said...

I'm lovin' that skirt!!!!!

http://www.thriftylittlepretties.blogspot.com

Marie_McGrath said...

I also took ballet lessons as a child, so we have this in common! I never knew you wanted to be a gymnist, sorry it didn't work out. I'm sure you are a fantastic teacher though! Love how your skirt swirls :)

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Lauren DePhillips said...

I loved dance as a child but stopped as a teenager. I got back into it as an adult. I've been doing belly dancing for about four years and performing with a group.

Carrie said...

Old Navy needs to start sponsoring you -- you put their stuff together so beautifully! :) Those wedges are adorable as well. :)

Sharon S said...

The print on your skirt is so pretty! I briefly took dance lessons when I was little but I hated it. And I took a whole bunch again when I was in college. I did gymnastics too, which I loved when I was younger. They wanted me to put me on a team, but my parents didn't want me competing and only wanted me to do it for fun. Clearly they didn't want me to become an Olympian! Have a great weekend, Katie!

-Sharon
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Marissa said...

Who doesn't love a skirt with some swirl!! :-)

Michele@Panorama said...

Katie,what a small world! My younger sister took dance from Mrs. Beverly for years and was friends with Shannon. And, he was older than I was, but I was friends with Mrs. Beverly's oldest son Skipper. He had a beautiful voice and played in a local band for many years. I still remember a song Skipper wrote about his first wife Mitzi.

Hannah said...

I did the dance thing for a few years too, but I hated it because I was the world's biggest tomboy. Now, of course, I'm kicking myself for quitting!

Love this skirt on you. Such a pretty pattern!

xo,
Hannah
www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

Chris Williams said...

I love you twirling... so cute! My sisters and I played sports... but that's because my dad is a huge athlete. My mom had no influence... but that's because she has no athletic bone in her body! Have a great weekend! Too bad you couldn't come hang out with me for some margaritas!

Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen said...

We had a similar dance teacher in my neighborhood who used to be a Rockette and she taught us, our parents, and some of my older friends their kids until she retired. I wish I didn't stop dance - I enjoyed it but none of my friends were in my class and at that age I felt popularity was the most important thing. Sigh.

And I see the ballerina feel in your outfit - love the twirly skirt!

Jupe_Cambria said...

Take it from a former ballerina...this is totally dancer wear :) I love the flippy swirly chiffon skirt!

<3 Cambria
jupefashion.blogspot.com

grownandcurvywoman said...

Such a fun, flirty skirt! I could never pull it off but you can!

Jenny Lauren said...

Ha ha, I've always wanted to be a gymnast too, but definitely didn't have the athletic talent or ability. You do look like a lovely dancer in this outfit. LOVE that photo of you twirling! That skirt is so soft, flowy and pretty!

xo Jenny
www.crazystylelove.com

Mary Ann said...

I love the skirt, Katie - such a pretty print! ;-) My childhood dance teacher was Ms. Lisa, hehe.....also did a dance to Mary Poppins music, too!

Elle said...

darling outfit! Love the twirly skirt!- it's so girly :)
xo, elle from Living in Color.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, cutie!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Love it! My group did "Feed the Birds" and I remember we had like tea-length ballerina skirts (I guess?) my mom made and they were baby blue and beautiful!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I am definitely know dancer! I should have posted the outtakes- they were hilarious!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Please, yes you could! :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Yes! This made my night! Thanks, Cambria!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I also wish I hadn't stopped, in hindsight of course. I see that E takes dance lessons so I know you probably relive some moments. Sean, however, doesn't seem interested in dance. :(

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I am seriously the most UNATHLETIC person alive. People never believe me until they try to see me do something- serve a volleyball,dribble a basketball, throw a football. It is pitiful!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Every time I wear florals I think of you (in a mostly non-creepy way!).

Tashia G. said...

Again, I love the top knot! I also love twirly skirts, especially in gray and yellow:)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

That whole family was great. I took from Beverly and her daughter, Sheree and Suzette. A very talented bunch!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Agreed!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Dang it! You would have been a perfect gymnast! You could have won the gold. Thanks, Mom and Dad- although I can't blame them. I can't imagine the pressure those little girls are under!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

They won't even left me have an affiliate link. Can you believe?!?! Every once in a while I try to boycott them, but like a siren they call me back!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Can't wait to look at your blogs! It sounds like so much fun- thanks for sharing!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I am definitely a better teacher than gymnast. I know that for sure :) Thank you, Marie!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I quit swimming lessons at the Y, but refused to go back after they wanted me to put my head under water! Still can't do it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Lucky you! I quickly discovered my place was inside with a book as well!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I hurt myself walking up the stairs so I can imagine what would happen if I tried to do anything remotely gymnastic-y!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Oh, Donna. My hair is so messy. I am thankful that look is in. It's really simple (and better if you don't look in the mirror). I pull my hair up like I am doing a high ponytail . I pull it through once and then just halfway through the second time. Then I just poof it out. The messier the better!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I didn't do any of that! You were so well-rounded Elena! That's awesome. What was your favorite?

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I never could. Hey, it's scary kicking your legs up over your head!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you Kathy!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Oh, she was! So many good memories :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Glad to know I am in good company!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Dinner of dancing champions everywhere- clearly! ;)

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