*Original Author Unknown*

If you give a girl a tutu, she will want ballet shoes to go with it.

You’ll buy her the best leotard you can find, and then she will want jazz shoes, tights and dance shorts too.

Then, she will probably spend hours begging you to watch her dance, even though you may want to sit on the couch and watch TV. She will insist. And her insistence will win.

And when a girl gets a tutu, she will need warm-ups and leotards and a mat to tumble on… And a TEAM…..

There will be no more quiet weekends. Much of your time will be spent hauling costumes and bags, cleaning dirty tights and driving dancers with big personalities to and from rehearsals and performances.

And your house will be a mess And your car will be dirty. All because you gave a girl a tutu. 

Her evenings and weekends will be spent gaining self confidence and lifelong friends, learning new skills, having fun, learning to self advocate and becoming a stronger person inside and out.

And you will be there the day she nails her first advanced skill and the first time she performs, and the first time she accomplished a goal she’s been working long and hard on. And she will make you SO proud. The other dance moms will congratulate you. But you feel weird saying thank you because it’s not your accomplishment. It’s her. She did this!

And right before your eyes, your little girl will be transformed from the baby who played with dolls, into a dancer who plays hard and works even harder. And she will still crave your attention!

When you give a girl a tutu, you give her more than just a skirt. You give her ambition, skills, hopes, dreams, friends, and a safe place to be herself. A place to learn about life, room to grow as a person, and enjoy pushing her limits. You give her bravery, courage, and wonderful memories. She will have ALL of these things, simply because you gave a girl a tutu.

And because you gave a girl a tutu, you too will develop new friendships. You will cheer for your daughters together, you will hold your breath together, for 3 minutes on stage, where your girl shines in a new light you’ve never seen before, all because you gave a girl a tutu.