Sunday, March 01, 2009

Never Had One Lesson!

Last night was the ward Primary Talent Show. So cute. I asked Hazel a few weeks ago if or what she wanted to perform and she was very clear: "ballet dancing." I thought she might change her mind each time I asked her so I asked several more times over the next week and it was always the same answer: "ballet dancing."

"Ballet dancing" at our house consists of putting on the Nutcracker cd, putting on dancing skirts, and flitting around. Fair enough. A 3-year-old can get away with anything at a ward talent show, so I put her on the program, not at all sure if she would even go through with it in front of an audience.

Last Sunday I figured we better practice at least once, so I went rummaging through a bag of hand-me-downs from my nieces and came up with a pink leotard that fit, a pair of slightly-small pink ballet slippers, and a pink tutu Grandma Marsha made for Aunt Jenice about 30 years ago.

When we put them on, Hazel was transformed, inside and out, and when the music started she looked and danced like a real ballerina. Ed and I were shocked and spent the next 3 minutes sputtering and laughing to tears at the adorableness.

And sure enough, with poise and grace, she did the same performance for the ward last night. Seriously, I did not choreograph or tell her a single thing to do except to curtsy at the end. The rest is ALL Hazel. (Advance apologies for the distracting auto-focus.)

Behold, my tiny dancer:



...and she is now registered for a summer dance class.

18 comments:

dave said...

Too cute! I love the dramatic jumps on the cymbal parts. Go Hazel!

cherry said...

Oh my gosh Kari..that was fantastic! I think that was an inborn talent...Great Job Hazel!!

tona said...

What poise and confidence and stage presence! Delightful.

Therese said...

loved this.

Carol Younce said...

that was wonderful. I loved all her fast and slow changes of rhythms and the hands on hips surveying her adoring public at the end. What a hit!

Jenifuz said...

A natural dancer! Maryn thought she did a great job! we loved watching her!

Camille Foote said...

Foote put the video on for me to watch I thought it was one of his funniest videos off of youtube and was laughing and laughing and than he told me it was Hazel I couldn't believe it. She was great and too cute!

Jenny said...

That is seriously tooo cute!!! I love that she knew the music and timing and did big jumps at the crescendo of the music. And no stage fright - love and miss you guys - thanks for sharing this video.

The Henrich Family said...

great job Hazel! My boys enjoyed the show. Josh said, "wow, she's a good ballerina. how old is she?" He was impressed...we all were!

Kelsey Carreon said...

Kari!! she is amazing... she had Christina and her little friends captivated.... we have watched it about 7 times now and they are all flitting around the house doing the "Hazel Dance"! Just wonderful... she is quite the little ballerina.

MiaKatia said...

Wow, I can't believe she held her arms in position the entire piece! And she really knows the music. I have a feeling she will take to dance from the second she walks in the door.

Lindsay said...

Oh my gosh, I can't stop laughing. This is awesome! You know, my cousins and siblings choreographed a silly little dance to this same Nutcracker piece. We dance it every Christmas Eve (and, mark my words, look absolutely ridiculous doing so). Maybe someday I'll have to teach Hazel. :)

Shells said...

Adorable, and she did so well with the crowd. Hilde is at the age that if anyone laughs at her, she thinks they are making fun of her so I can envision a total meltdown. I am so impressed at how brave Hazel was, and what a great job she did.

Maren said...

Fantastic. We all loved it. BTW, new slippers are on their way.

Disco Mom said...

I know. The complete absence of stage fright baffles but pleases me. I was nervous enough for both of us! If she can only hold onto that and go through life with that kind of confidence she'll be spared a lot of pointless stress.

While I love the leaps I think my favorite is the little wrist move around 2:00.

Emily said...

Oh my goodness! I was laughing and crying. It's just so funny but so beautiful! Look at how she lets the music move her! She's a natural. She's even got the ballet dancer's delicate hand position thing going on. Thanks for sharing this. It's delightful.

Marie W said...

Astounding! Such musicality (picked that term up from "So You Think You Can Dance").

Just Katy said...

Hazel is the next Napoleon Dynamite!

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