About a week ago, Hope handed me a handwritten invitation to watch her "dance concert" in our yard at 2 pm the following Saturday. She also gave a handwritten invitation to her dad and both sisters. She also invited various neighborhood friends.
I decided to let her roll with it. Why discourage her?
So yesterday morning, Hope took the large whiteboard we use for school and wrote an announcement on it and propped it up as a sign against a tree in our front yard.
Then just before 2pm - she put on the dress of her choice and brought me a cd of well know selections of music from various ballets and other dances and told me that she would be using track number 11.
(note: Hope doesn't take any dance lessons, but apparently she does not lack confidence in her natural abilities :)
We set up an old boom-box with an extension cord in the front yard and Hope arranged a few folding chairs. We also allowed for a small table with cups and lemonade.
Some of our neighbors did come to watch. Hope introduced herself, thanked everyone for coming and curtsied and then proceeded to improvise a dance to her chosen song.
She really did a fine job. It was very cute. And it was fun to see her make up her mind to do something and then find such enjoyment out of it.
Our oldest daughter clearly has no problem with attention or being in the spotlight. She is really quite composed and capable and just eats it up! She should be a public speaker or performer or teacher or something where she gets to impact an audience.