Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Writing is Like Dancing

Writing is like dancing. Everyone wants the trophy but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to get it. I knew my girls had “it” because they danced around the house all the time.

With their hair neatly pulled back into a dinner roll bun shape, sparkling black patent tap shoes, I drove my talented twin girls to the local dance studio.

Soon my fantasy turned into reality. Turned in toes, bent knees, rounded backs and $400 a month! This was not the picture I had of my little darlings in the limelight. Stardom was going to take a little longer than I had imagined.

I filled out the enrollment form for the 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon combination class.

Week one: Ballet, jazz and tap all taught in 55 minutes. (What did I know?) At this rate they would learn one dance in nine months to be performed at the annual recital.

Week two: Flap, flap, ball chain, shuffle, grapevine… Dance slang… So exciting… I was learning more than my seven year olds. My feet began to vibrate with each tap.

Week three: My daughters had talent. I am sure the teacher would recognize it if she would just take her eyes off the Shirley Temple Clone in the red sequined leotard.

Week four: At last! The individual attention I had been waiting for. Each child was to gracefully walk across the floor on their little tippy toes while holding their arms as if they were carrying a large beach ball, with heads high and shoulders down…. It was obvious my darlings had never carried a large beach ball.

Week five: Repetition of weeks, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Thirty-six more weeks to go.

Before the thirty-six weeks were half over, I realized one dance class a week was not going to make anyone a dancer. In order to become good at what you do, you must do it daily.

Writing is like dancing. It is a discipline and must be practiced daily.

Write it down,



  1. Hi Carma,

    So true! Practice, practice, practice!

    Have a great day!


  2. Yes Theresa, there is just no way around it.

  3. Hi, Carma,

    Nice post. I like the way you told a story here to make a point. I loved your humor, too.:)

    Yes, practice makes perfect no matter what it is we are trying to do.

    Suzanne Lieurance
    The Working Writer's Coach
    "When Your Pen Won't Budge, Read The Morning Nudge"

  4. Thanks for stopping by Suzanne. Yes it takes practice but the practice should be fun too.

  5. Hi, Carma,

    I love the comparison. My kids tooks gymnastics, so I can relate. Keep up the good work.

    Lisa Kirby

  6. Having attended the famous FAME school NYC, I definitely appreciate your comparision between the arts of writing and dancing.

    Each word is step towards completing the piece or sequence.

    Thanks so much for this,

  7. Carma,

    This is the best yet. Sounds just like you. Not so serious as before, but still, very orderly. I really like this one having been determined for years to be a Bob Fosse dancer (hundred years ago). How do you get the pics in there?

  8. Hi Lisa Kirby, I am sure you know of all the hoopla that goes with this kind of thing regarding competitions.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Dorit what an amazing accomplishment to attend the FAME school. I remember when they had a TV show modeled after it.

    Everything is choreographed.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Lisa H., Wow Bob Fosse dancer. I love Bob Fosse choreography and all that jazz.

    You need to contact me so we can get your pictures posted.