As I watched Aurora twirl her way through the Tiny Tights class, I let my mind wander to her very first dance recital, which is scheduled for May. She loves her ballet class, and although she's only been going for a month, I see some real potential. Unfortunately, I also see three bratty kids who are about to ruin everything.
Karyn Bryant: Aurora's class only has four students. The teacher is competent, and the exercises are age-appropriate and fun for 3- to 5-year-olds. Aurora can hardly wait for Sundays, because she enjoys ballet so much. Yet each week I have to stifle myself as I watch three obnoxious girls detract from class because they refuse to listen to the teacher. I know it's not Juilliard, but I'm paying good money for my kid to learn the fundamentals of ballet. Apparently, the other kids are there because their parents wanted someone to baby-sit them for 45 minutes.
That being said, I figured everyone would commit to the recital. I never took dance as a child, but even I know that the cuteness factor of teeny ballerinas on a giant stage is off the charts. But when I asked the mother of the pain-in-the-butt-kid-who-brings-class-to-a-grinding-halt-whenever-she-has-to-pee if she would be signing her daughter up, the woman told me she wouldn't, because, "Marisol doesn't listen, and she would probably just do her own thing and be distracting." Um, kinda like what she's doing now? Whose freaking fault is that, hmm?
The mother of the kid-who-comes-with-her-best-friend-and-chats-and-plays-her-own-games-during-class told me her daughter wouldn't be participating in the recital, either. Turns out, one time the school tried to have a performance for about 20 parents, and her daughter refused to go on, freaked out, caused a scene and the family had to leave. As this story was being recounted to me, the woman's newest bundle of joy was picking up and throwing everything that wasn't bolted down in the room. (As to whether or not her daughter's best friend is coming to the recital, I don't know. Her parents never come to class, so I couldn't ask.)
Aurora is shy, so without the three girls she's familiar with, I know she'll feel intimidated by the other Tiny Tights who are set to join her class for the show. As a result, she's not participating, either -- so my cuteness overload will have to wait.
I've thought about changing classes, but I know it's way too soon to get crazy. It's all for fun at this stage, anyway, and Aurora is having a blast. If the talent that's peeking through really starts to shine, then maybe we'll look for a more serious school. I just wish parents would take responsibility for their bratty kids. Plies?
|Karyn Bryant is a television personality who's hosted shows on networks such as CNN, TNT, VH1, and MTV. She's currently a reporter for Showtime Championship Boxing and CBS' Saturday Night Fights, and the EVP/Director of MMAheat.com, an online destination for fans of MMA and pop culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.|