National Dance Day

As you all must know by now, dance is a big part of my life. I started taking lessons when I was 2 years old and I never stopped. I still make it to ballet class at least once a week. And I wish I had the time and money to go every day. I was never good enough to do anything serious with dance but it cheers me up on a bad day and I hope it is always a part of my life.

Fans of So You Think You Can Dance will know that today is National Dance Day. And I think I heard that today is actually officially recognized by Congress as such. In honor of dance, I wanted to share with you my oldest dance picture. But I’m not really sure what happened to it. I’m hoping a parent has it because it is adorable (way cuter than this one) and I would hate for it to be lost. What you get instead is 5-year-old Michelle, dressed up in sequins and tutu, and sporting a pretty good skinned knee (tights and skinned knees to not mix well). It’s an iPhone picture of a 1988 photograph so I apologize for the quality.


This was actually the first year I took ballet classes. I was forced to make the switch when we moved to Michigan (I was too young to tap) and I never looked back. I continue to try other forms of dance, but I always return to ballet.

So get out there and dance today. Or leave a comment about how dance has impacted your life. Or tell me who you want to win on So You Think You Can Dance. Just celebrate dance.

10 thoughts on “National Dance Day

  1. Kathy (Mommysreading) July 31, 2010 / 7:26 pm

    I think Kent will win. I am not sure if he is the best dancer left on the show, but he is my favorite. I loved Alex. I was sorry to see him go, and hope he heals and is back next year. He was amazing.

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    • Michelle July 31, 2010 / 9:00 pm

      Kent is my favorite as well. Alex’s injury was heartbreaking. I feel like there are a lot of good dancers this season though. But I wasn’t a fan of the previous one.

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  2. Helen July 31, 2010 / 8:43 pm

    I also think Kent will win. National Dance Day is a great idea; dancing is so liberating and just so darn fun! You have inspired me to do a post about the day as well!

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    • Michelle July 31, 2010 / 9:02 pm

      Dance is liberating. I feel so much freer when I’m dancing.

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  3. Jenny July 31, 2010 / 10:03 pm

    Aw, I forgot that was today!

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    • Michelle August 1, 2010 / 10:00 am

      I was only reminded by a facebook post from a girl I used to dance with. If I’d remembered earlier, I would have looked for the cuter picture a little longer.

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  4. Iris August 1, 2010 / 4:40 am

    Dance has been one of my favourite passtimes for years. I went to ballet class since I was 4. But my mother disliked the idea of classical ballet and so I was put in jazz and modern ballet classes. I still have to catch up on classical ballet moves.

    That picture is adorable!

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    • Michelle August 1, 2010 / 10:02 am

      I’m sort of doing the opposite. I had a very technical, classical ballet upbringing (Cecchetti) and now I’m moving into a more contemporary ballet world (and dabbling in jazz and tap a little).

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  5. Dominique August 1, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    What a cute photo! You’re so blonde there too! Great post. 🙂

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  6. Vishy August 3, 2010 / 2:49 pm

    Nice post and nice picture, Michelle! You are looking very different in it 🙂

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