My Little Dancing Queen.

by Amber on July 3, 2011

When was the last time you danced for hours? When you threw all your cares to the wind and just grooved to the music?

I don’t know that I’ve ever done that. I’m simply not a dancing girl. But Tori? Tori’s got rhythm (as much as a toddler can), and loves to sing, dance, clap her hands, bop along in her car seat to the music—whatever.

Since her dad’s not exactly a dancing fiend either, I have no idea where she gets it from.

But it wasn’t until last weekend that we discovered exactly how much she loves to dance.

We were at a family wedding (although Tori and I sat the ceremony out. We spent the time running back and forth in the parking lot—yelling— instead). As soon as people started walking into the reception hall, the DJ punched the music up to Level 11. And when Tori heard it? Her eyes lit up and she started spinning.

She spun and danced and spun and danced some more.

She danced her way through dinner…

tori dancing

Who needs dinner when you can dance instead?

And when the real dancing started? Tori hit the dance floor and stayed there until we dragged her off it, kicking and screaming, at the end of the night.

tori dances to the music

Tori grooving her groove thang.

She danced to fast songs and slow songs. Katy Perry and Randy Travis. She danced next to cuddling couples and booty-shaking singles. She occasionally agreed to dance with a cousin or her daddy, but mostly, she danced by herself.

And now, she’s asking us to turn up the music on our stereo so she can dance on a daily basis.

Seeing her joy does my heart good. So far, my girl is utterly lacking in the self consciousness that so often paralyzes me.

I’m hoping I can keep it that way.

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BalancingMama (Julie) July 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

I wish I could have seen that! I bet she’s fantastic.


Amber July 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I think so. :)


Amber July 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

I LOVE little kids dancing. They are all so uninhibited.

Also, I am right there with you on sitting the ceremony out. We’ve had a very busy wedding season this year and I only made the mistake once of actually trying to get them to sit still for the wedding part.

Screaming in the parking lot is where it’s at.


Amber July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

Yeah, it’s just not a good idea. Solemness and 2 year olds don’t mix.


Rebecca July 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Tori is why I don’t get it when people say adult reception only. I mean the kids are the ones who get the party started. They are the first ones out on the dance floor, the ones who encourage others to come out to the dance floor and the last ones to leave the dance floor.


Amber July 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

That is very true. Although the servers did have to play dodge the baby while trying to get dinner out. She got mowed down by a cart at one point..


Shell July 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

She sounds like she is full of joy!


Amber July 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

She is…when she’s not full of piss and vinegar. :)


Missy @ Wonder, Friend July 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

So sweet. Love that joy – she just can’t keep it in. Sometimes you have to dance it out!


Amber July 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

You do indeed. I’ve been doing more dancing myself…


elona July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

Speaking of your little dancing queen, what was the name of that band that you reviewed a few months ago that did the 80s song mashups? (I think Tori would love to dance to them, I know I would).

I want to check to see if they have an album out yet.


Amber July 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

It’s Rock Sugar. Not sure if they have a new album yet…let me know if they do!


Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket} July 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

Oh I absolutely love this. She is having so much fun and I am constantly amazed and how un-self conscious kids can be. Too cute!


Amber July 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

I wish I could remember how to be so un-self conscious! She did have a lot of fun, though. We all did.


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