Okay, I'm going to get real sappy for a moment. If you have followed us for any length of time, you have probably seen us refer to our "dance family", but few of you know the depth of that term and what it really means to us and how it led us to starting Dancetastic Dancewear. So put up with me for a few and let me share a little bit of why dance means so much to us.
Let me back up quite a bit. My kiddo started dancing at age three and by age five was part of her studio's competition team. She loved it and couldn't get enough of the classes and rehearsals. She was so excited for that very first competition. We've all been there. So afraid they'll mess up or that you'll forget to pack something important. It's exciting, but so overwhelming!
That first competition was in January, so her father and I loaded up the car and drove up to Indianapolis. My daughter was beside herself and told me more than once that her team was going to "win" the whole competition. Even though it was just two short little dances, I don't have to explain that feeling of watching your child on stage doing what they love.
That feeling was extremely short lived as her father had a massive heart attack that night and died in our hotel room. Two of my fellow dance moms stayed up with me that night, one of them got her parents to drive my mother up that night so I wouldn't be alone for the drive home the next day. These were people that in all honesty, I had only spoken to twice a week during our kids rehearsals. It wasn't like they were friends from high school or anything, but they immediately stepped up and there was the feeling that I was one of their own.
The compassion of my fellow dance moms and dads didn't stop there. They went out of their way to help us through that first year and so many dance dads stepped forward from time to time when needed. It's all those little things you don't think about at the time. I mean, every plan I had for the next few years, the next few months, even the next few days changed that night. I didn't know if I'd be able to keep our house, let alone who to call when a tree fell over the driveway or who was going to take my daughter to all those father daughter events.
I didn't have to think about some of it because the other dance parents were there. They became our family, and dance became my daughter's way to cope with the crazy turn her life made. They showed so much patience when she'd want to call home during sleepovers to make sure everyone was still alive (yes, literally). Her dance teachers helped distract her during all those firsts...The first birthday after, the first Christmas after, and yes even the following year going back to that same competition.
So years later, when we decided to open Dancetastic, it wasn't just to sell dancewear and shoes. It was to share what dance has grown to mean to us. They way it helped us through the worst time of our life and made family out of strangers. So when we refer to our dance family, it's not some catch phrase, we mean it...deeply. That's my sappy sharing moment for the day.
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