For the last three years, I have watched my niece grow up from a shy little 3 year old starting out in dance class, to a 6 year old who has her own sense of style and is the happiest kiddo I know. Each year takes her from the cutie-pie she is to being a beautiful little girl. I am so blessed to have her in my life and love being her Aunt Nanci.
Last weekend, was her annual dance recital and it was wonderful. Her dance school puts on quite a production – two acts with 78 performances total, and it is held at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. It was a full house for the recital, proud parents, family and friends all there to watch their loved ones perform.
The dancers range in age from sweet little 3 year olds up to high school graduates. The older dancers are amazingly talented. The younger ones are so fun to watch – they are all so precious. Some are shy and reserved, some are born performers. Each performance is a joy to watch.
This year, Autumn was in a group with 11 others, all close to her age. They tap danced their little hearts out to “Bigger Isn’t Better”. They were all so sweet in their costumes. In the picture on the left, Autumn is second from the left. In the picture on the right, Autumn is the cutie pie turning around looking at the audience.
After the recital, we all met Autumn outside and of course we took pictures. Her mom and dad gave her beautiful flowers and being the sweet girl that she is, she gave me one. See? I’m a lucky girl to have such a sweet niece.