Christmas Tap Dance

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedDecember 17, 2010
TakenDecember 12, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.3
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light detected
Focal Length65 mm

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Last year, Ashlyn, my youngest granddaughter and at that time four-years-old, announced she wanted to take dance lessons. My daughter Kim happily enrolled her in a tap/jazz dance class. Ashlyn’s teacher was amazed over her level of concentration and ability to grasp and perform various jazz steps. Tap, though, was a challenge because her little feet couldn’t make much of a tap sound. This year she made up for it in a Christmas number with Mateo, her dance partner and close friend. To say the least, I was thrilled Fred and I got home in time from Italy to attend this performance. Last spring, Ashlyn and Mateo performed a complex jazz number in front of 400 people. Ashlyn said there’s no way she’d have done that alone, but with Mateo up on stage with her she’s not afraid.

15 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    I am so glad you did not miss this!! How precious!! Great shot!

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock said (17 Dec 2010):

    That's my kiddo! She and Mateo are so adorable together. He gives her confidence and she calms him down. He tried to befriend her on the first day of dance class, when all she wanted to do was sit on my lap. The second class he got her away from me so I could make a quiet escape from the room. They've been close ever since. Good thing, because they are the only ones in that class!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    Cute! I can relate very well!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    Hey good for her! I always wanted to try dancing... too old now though.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    She is adorable! So is Mateo! I can see the confidence on her beautiful little face, and the joy she gets from dancing. A wonderful treasured shot, Deb!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    their expressions are priceless

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    She's so precious and is concentrating very hard. I would have loved to tap dance when I was her age : )

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (18 Dec 2010):

    How fun! I'm so glad you were able to attend.....those moments are priceless!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 Dec 2010):

    I am so happy for you that you did not miss out on seeing your grandaughter and her partner perform....A very sweet shot and you caught the action of the feet.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    This is what it's all about! awesome.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    Such fun.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    adorable .... I love tap dancing! Merry Christmas!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    Oh my goodness! What adorable little angels they are, Deborah!!I would have loved to see them perform. Perhaps this will be her calling in life. Who knows?! She certainly seems to love it, and so does Mateo, her dear friend. What a beautiful and touching story and photo of two beautiful children and their accomplishments. I am so thrilled you were able to see their performance!!! Merry Christmas, Deborah!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (20 Dec 2010):

    They are so cute! I know you are proud of her. Maybe they will be on Star Search or some TV show soon!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

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