This post is dedicated to the dancer. My tiny dancer.
Is it just me or has the last month just flown by. Geez. I was talking to my best friend today and I realized that we are more than halfway through the year. I realized this because it’s my birthday today but oh-em-gee … that means we’re halfway to Christmas and more snow and…. OK, enough of that! Lets move on to bigger and better things. Things I’m super proud of. This month, it’s about my son Jameson. I will try not to get emotional as I write how I feel about his accomplishments on the eve of his 7th birthday but I have to tell you guys how ridiculously proud I am of him. He’s such a confident little dude. He loves to dance and he doesn’t care who knows it. And man, did he ever own that stage. I brought him to his dress rehearsal earlier that day and cried like a very proud mama as I took photos of him dominating his performance. He didn’t have a care in the world. And as a parent, that’s an incredibly amazing thing to witness.
Oh, another thing. I know this is supposed to be 10 photos. Well, it’s not. Sorry.
I’m starting it off with the photos I took during dress rehearsal at the Hamilton Place Theatre where I got to be up pretty close to the stage during the performances. I don’t know if you can tell, but he’s also wearing a little makeup. He was very excited to have pink lips and a little blush on his cheeks, lol. Also, check out his costume. How cool did he look!? He danced to a Beatles number, hence the slicked back hair and leather jacket, and I loved his “working like a dog” dance move.
Jameson dances with the Burlington Dance Company in Burlington and has been dancing there since he was 5.
And below is a few pics I snapped during his performance that night. I wasn’t planning to bring my camera but I was coming straight from another event, so it was with me. I started to snap a few photos when he came on stage, purely out of instinct. But then, I also looked over at my parents and Wesley’s parents to see the hugest smiles on their faces; pride in his Pappy’s eyes, loud whistles and screams from his Papa, giggles from his Noni and tears from his Nani. Wesley squeezed my hand tight as he realized that he was dancing on stage without any assistance. And I loved when Jackson screamed out, “That’s my brother”. There is no denying how much love and support Jameson has for what he loves.
And my camera stayed down for the rest of the night to take it all in.
That’s his buddy Allison. I had to snag a photo of these two after their performance (at intermission). Jameson wants to take Ballroom next year so you never know is Allison will want to join him! :)
Technically, my 10 on 10 is over. But I wanted to share some extra footage of what I shot, mainly during the rehearsals. I didn’t get to see everything but guys, these dancers are so amazing. They pour their heart and soul into each number and it shows. Here’s a highlight of the first few performances before I took Jameson home for lunch earlier that day. You’ll see Jameson in here as well getting prepped for the finale.
Last but certainly not least, a couple family photos at the end of the night; everyone beaming after what we witnessed. Some people may not understand why we let Jameson dance. It’s not just for girls. It’s about freedom of expression. It’s about the way he feels. And how he moves others. It’s just the way it is. And we couldn’t be more proud.
Please keep the circle going by checking out my friend Liisa’s blog here. She shot some absolutely stunning black and white shots of her kiddies; something we all need done! Thank you for checking out my post and for all the support and love!
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