For a four-year-old, life is both simple and complicated.
How do you figure out which doll to play with next or which sport to play, or what shoes you feel like wearing to school or a playdate? Add to that the different kinds of food you love and could absolutely dislike tomorrow, or the sudden change in your playmate’s behavior which immediately affects your mood.
It’s been said time and again that all children are different – they progress differently and have colorful personalities. However, generally, four years old is a time when children learn to be more independent. More or less, they know how to dress and undress, brush their teeth, stack toys, walk with ease, use the stairs, and eat with little to no help. It’s also the age when they start learning how to do things like hop, skip, and somersault. That’s why most parents take advantage of playgrounds, gymnastics lessons, and the like.
As basic as these sound though, life at four isn’t as easy as people make it out to be. Some four-year-olds have preschool woes, while some struggle to face the challenges of socializing. Some even have to get up and dance in front of an audience! Imagine seeing unfamiliar faces looking back at you expectantly, a mixture of facial expressions, all waiting to see what the little talent has in store for them.
Amazingly, this particular four-year-old exhibited poise and confidence despite being smack in the middle of the stage, with strangers watching her. She knew just what to do to keep her audience engaged: dance.
Meet Belle Arauz. Wearing a turquoise leotard designed with sparkles paired with a matching headpiece and looking every bit like the star that she is, Belle danced like the whole world was watching and did it so beautifully.
The audience watched with delight as the adorable dancer executed move after move confidently. The smile never left the little girl’s face as she transitioned from what looked like jazz to ballet. Moving gracefully, with a cover of Beyonce’s “Halo” for her audio backdrop, she danced without missing a beat and cartwheeled like it was the most natural thing in the world for a girl her age.
A slow, romantic song with its beat perfect for contemporary dancing, the music prompted step after step from Belle, each one executed with poise. Picture the adorable way she kept her toes pointed as she moved across the stage, or the impressive way she arch her back as she performed the next step, or how long she could make her legs and arms look when she stretched them as she danced. We can only imagine how proud her dance teachers and parents are of her.
It takes a warm, supportive, and loving environment to encourage children to express themselves through art: dancing, singing, instruments, painting, etcetera. No stranger to the stage, Belle Arauz is definitely a name and a face to watch out for. It’s only a matter of time before she graces more stages and impresses larger audiences.
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