Our Dancing Boy

Zoren has been a dancer since the moment he could bob his head and wave his chunky baby arms to the beat. When he started standing and cruising on the furniture around seven months old he would sway and stomp his little feet while head banging to Iron Maiden or desperately try to jump up and down with a firm grasp on the sofa while jamming to Flogging Molly.

Z has always possessed great rhythm and his love for music and dance has only continued to escalate over the years. The decision to enroll him in a leading local dance academy when he turned three was a no brainer for us and he has proven that he is exactly where he belongs. I can’t say enough about how great Artistic Fusion Dance Academy is. The amazing owners and instructors are constantly uplifting and inspiring their students, providing workshops with amazing choreographers, and consistently focus on instilling confidence, self esteem, and great work ethic in each of their dancers. Zoren absolutely thrives there and although a lot of that has to do with his own interest and excitement at learning new moves and dance styles, the instructors also play a huge role in making his classes challenging while keeping things fun and motivating.

This past year Z took a ballet/tap class and his first hip hop class so he performed three numbers in their annual showcase last weekend. He was Woody from Toy Story for his ballet number and was the lone prince to his harem of little princesses for his tap piece. Both were absolutely adorable but the prince/princess dance where he got to do some solo moves while the princesses gathered around him and ended with him leading a girl off stage arm in arm, complete with a kiss on the cheek was, by far, the cutest number in the whole showcase (not that I am biased or anything). He got tons of applause and lots of “aww’s” which I know made him feel like the little star that he is. The hip hop piece was Zoren’s favorite because he got to do a little breakdancing in the spotlight with the other boy in his class and they performed to a mash up which included one of his favorite songs, Gangnam Style, in the final part of the routine.

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Stori was super proud of her big brother and couldn’t wait to give him the flowers we had purchased before the show. She also helped me pick out a special Lego Ninjago set as a reward for all his hard work over the last year and the three of us assembled it together which was a lot of fun.
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We are so proud of our dancing boy and after a little break this summer, we can’t wait to see what this next year of classes has in store. He is super stoked to be taking another hip hop session, tap and ballet class, and will be old enough to start a jazz class this winter once he turns 5. I know he desperately wants to audition to join the dance company which competes at various competitions throughout the year and requires quite a lot of commitment from the dancers as well as a hefty financial obligation on our part. Steve and I decided that after this next year of classes, we will let him audition if he remains interested which I am sure he will and as one of only a handful of boys in the company, I know they will love to have him!
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