It’s All About the Sugar Shake

With the end of the school year comes the end of the dance year, too. This week (and coming weekend) is going to be filled with a whole lotta hairspray, makeup, bobby pins and this…

(Video taken during dress rehearsal.)

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81 Responses to It’s All About the Sugar Shake
  1. Ilana
    June 3, 2011 | 12:08 am

    Oh god- that’s adorable. But I kept wanting to scream at the lady in the frontβ€” SIT DOWN!!!!

    • Liz
      June 3, 2011 | 6:39 am

      Ha! That’s the owner of the studio. Since this was filmed at dress rehearsal, so stood front and center to direct the kids if need be. πŸ™‚

  2. Ellen
    June 3, 2011 | 12:16 am

    So cute and reminds me of my dance recitals–all the satiny costumes with glitter and sequins–and makeup. Love.

    Can’t wait to experience this with my girlie.

    Also–“booby pins” (hee hee).

    • liz
      June 7, 2011 | 11:13 am

      I know! I was totally channeling my dance recital days! And if felt so weird putting make up and spraying hairspray on my own child! Ha!

  3. Nolie
    June 3, 2011 | 12:24 am

    Way too cute

  4. Alison@Mama Wants This
    June 3, 2011 | 12:29 am

    That’s too cute! I love the poofy dresses!

    And yes, like Ilana, I wanted to tell that lady to get the hell out of the way!

  5. Jessica
    June 3, 2011 | 1:45 am

    Absolutely adorable! She looks like she is having a great time up there.

  6. Kimberly
    June 3, 2011 | 1:57 am

    This is far too cute! I love it!

  7. angela
    June 3, 2011 | 6:38 am

    Tutu (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) cute!

    Have a fun, dance-filled extravaganza πŸ™‚

    • liz
      June 7, 2011 | 11:14 am

      I love a good pun. πŸ™‚

  8. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 3, 2011 | 6:54 am

    The skirts are almost as big as the girls.

  9. Elena
    June 3, 2011 | 7:07 am

    I love it! Those outfits are adorable…I want one!

  10. Kristin @ Ellie-town
    June 3, 2011 | 7:22 am

    Completely awesome! Break a leg, Kate!

    • liz
      June 7, 2011 | 11:25 am

      Is your this weekend? I can’t wait to hear about it!

  11. Kir
    June 3, 2011 | 7:29 am

    oh how I loved my dance recitals…that brought back a LOT of memories (let’s do a photo montage of us as ballerinas next!!! Or bears, cause I was one of those too!)

    She is too cute!!!! BREAK A LEG Kate!!!!! πŸ™‚ You look stunning!

  12. Samantha
    June 3, 2011 | 7:35 am

    That is soo adorable! I can’t wait to go to my little one’s first recital. So much fun!

  13. A Mommy in the City
    June 3, 2011 | 7:38 am

    That is the cutest thing ever! I love their costumes!

  14. Kristin @ What She Said
    June 3, 2011 | 7:40 am

    “Booby pins?” Hee.

    I love that song. Seriously, one of my all-time favorites. Also? I kinda want one of those fluffy skirts all for myself. Adorable!

  15. Kimberly
    June 3, 2011 | 7:48 am

    Whoa…wait…did you say “boobie” pins…cause I have never seen “boob-y” pins before. Well maybe that’s because I don’t have big boobies…meh
    Anyraisinsonabreadboard, Love LOVE this. Too fracken adorable.

  16. Jessica
    June 3, 2011 | 7:50 am

    Did you mean to say booby pins or was that the best typo ever?
    That is so cute, can’t wait for recitals! Have fun!

    • Liz
      June 3, 2011 | 8:07 am

      Best.Typo.Ever. πŸ™‚

  17. Amy
    June 3, 2011 | 7:56 am

    How cute was that!!! I am sure she will be so excited that you have it recorded when she is in high school πŸ™‚

  18. Natalie
    June 3, 2011 | 8:03 am

    That is way too freakin’ cute!

  19. Ali
    June 3, 2011 | 8:25 am

    I’m dying! That’s the best song ever! Adorable! I hope we have good luck with ours this weekend. *prayers*

    • liz
      June 7, 2011 | 11:25 am

      You are too sweet!

  20. Angie
    June 3, 2011 | 8:44 am

    Do the teachers do a dance at the end of the recital?? I remember they used to do one at the end of ours. My dad actually replayed a video of one of mine a few months ago and the teachers dance was HILARIOUS!! They thought they were such bad asses.

    • liz
      June 7, 2011 | 11:26 am

      They actually do a huge opening number. Teachers and the older girls who have danced all their lives and singers. It’s quite an ordeal!

  21. Julia
    June 3, 2011 | 9:15 am

    Adorable!! And they did a wonderful job! I loved the beginning when the woman in front (dance studio owner, you said?) did her own little shake! LOL haha! Loved everything about that video!

  22. Sonora
    June 3, 2011 | 9:18 am

    That was awesome! They are so cute. It makes me want to get my girls into dance. I did enjoy the woman in front doing her own little dance too. πŸ™‚

  23. Runnermom-jen
    June 3, 2011 | 9:19 am

    Sooo cute! I love Billy Joel πŸ™‚

  24. Lori @ In Pursuit of It All
    June 3, 2011 | 9:31 am


    Diabetic coma from the sweetness!!

    (Is that Kate to the right of the instructor?)

    • liz
      June 5, 2011 | 1:38 pm

      If you are looking at the teenage helper on stage, Kate is to her right (or, as you are viewing it, your left). She literally hit every beat!

  25. Leigh Ann
    June 3, 2011 | 9:35 am

    That’ freaking adorable. I love their little skirts!

  26. Natalie
    June 3, 2011 | 9:37 am

    It has taken everything I have not to just pinch every single one of the little Uptown Girls.

    Dontcha love the Sugar Shake?

    • liz
      June 5, 2011 | 1:39 pm

      I think every child should learn to do the suger shake!

  27. NotJustAnotherJennifer
    June 3, 2011 | 9:47 am

    Could she BE any cuter!! Love it!

  28. Nichole
    June 3, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Insanely adorable!
    Katie’s first ballet recital is coming up and I think that I’m probably even more excited than she is.

    • Liz
      June 3, 2011 | 2:40 pm

      What is her song? What does her costume look like? It’s so fun!

  29. Making It Work Mom
    June 3, 2011 | 11:08 am

    We just had our dance recital (and by our I mean my youngest daughter’s) a couple of weekends ago. When everything was finally over and she had been cleansed of all the makeup and hairspray she sat on my lap and in all seriousness said “I wish I could do it all over again.”

    Your Kate is as cute as could be and looked like she was loving the stage!

  30. Greta @gfunkified
    June 3, 2011 | 11:18 am


    Ok, I’m not totally familiar….which one is Kate? They were all adorable but I bet she was the cutest. πŸ™‚

    • Liz
      June 3, 2011 | 2:39 pm

      πŸ™‚ You are sweet. If you look at the teenage dancer/helper who is center, she’s left of that.

      • Greta @gfunkified
        June 4, 2011 | 1:47 pm

        So yeah, she’s the cutest one who knows all the sassy moves!

  31. Stephanie
    June 3, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Awwwww!! That is so sweet, love it!

  32. parenting ad absurdum
    June 3, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Oh my GOOD GOSH, the cuteness…

  33. Charlotte
    June 3, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    OMG, how stinkin’ cute is this?!?! Awwww, love the costumes!

  34. joann mannix
    June 3, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    Awww. So sweet, but yet it made me tear up at the same time. I remember those days so vividly. Our lives were filled with tutus and dance recitals. What a sweet, lovely time.

  35. Bossy Betty
    June 3, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    Looks adorable!

  36. Anne
    June 3, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    Kate is #TOTALLYADORABLE! Her leg kicks especially. Break a leg Kate!

  37. Roxane
    June 3, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    OMG. She is just the cutest and best little dancer! You go momma!

    I can’t wait to watch my little bitty Lily do this. It won’t be long since she’ll be 2 soon. ::sigh::


  38. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    June 3, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    So cute!!! I like the song! My girls had their recital a couple weeks ago. It was really fun to watch, but I’m so glad it’s over. It was a busy dance year for us!

  39. Jen
    June 3, 2011 | 8:23 pm

    So freaking cute!

    I totally need to get Claire into dance.

  40. The Flying Chalupa
    June 3, 2011 | 8:50 pm

    Same question as Lori – and I’m guessing that is indeed Kate, who is the cutest and best dancer of the bunch.

    This brought back memories of soooo many dance recitals. I LOVE IT!!!!!

  41. Amanda
    June 3, 2011 | 9:33 pm

    Ahh, the end of the year dance recital! So fun. this is just precious.

  42. tracy
    June 3, 2011 | 10:18 pm

    So adorable. Our recital is next week. So excited for that blue eyeshadow again..not.

    • liz
      June 5, 2011 | 1:36 pm

      Seriously, I don’t know how pageant moms do it!

  43. Mom Went Crazy
    June 3, 2011 | 10:34 pm

    That is so cute. I was trying to come up with something really clever about how cute it is, but It’s almost midnight and I’m all funny’d out.
    So precious!

  44. Jayme (Random Blogette)
    June 4, 2011 | 9:00 am

    This is so cute! It so makes me miss my dance recitals. I am taking Paige to see my old dance studio’s recital in a couple of weeks. I think that it is finally time to enroll her. We went to see my niece’s recital a couple of weeks ago and Paige finally realized that it was her turn to shine! SO excited! Now i jsut need to keep myself calm so that I don’t go jump up on stage!!

  45. Poppy
    June 4, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Awww, she gives you and KLZ a run for your money. And the dresses..well, I did get a sneak preview, but too cute!

    • liz
      June 5, 2011 | 1:35 pm

      From what I hear, Alex is showing his groovin skills already. I guess it’s in the genes. πŸ™‚

  46. Christine @ quasiagitato
    June 4, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Awwww…did you start to sing along and then realize you were videotaping yourself?!? Or am I hearing things. I do that all the time so I may be projecting πŸ˜‰

    • liz
      June 5, 2011 | 1:34 pm

      I had my 2 year old in my lap when I was filming, so you weren’t hearing things; I was just talking to her. πŸ™‚

  47. Barbara
    June 4, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    This is just too much cuteness!! I love those tutu’s! Everytime I visit your blog it makes me want to have girls!

  48. Sherri
    June 4, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    Holey Moley, Liz….that’s the cutest hip action I’ve seen in a long time! She sure seems to love it!

  49. julie gardner
    June 4, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    That was beyond fabulous!

    It also makes me sad for my daughter and her first/only dance recital.

    Karly and her best friend went to the local “YOU HAVE TO GO THERE” dance studio.

    It was….expensive.

    The lessons, the shoes (tap and ballet), the outfits.

    The girls were five. They went every week for a year.

    Their recital was held at our big Civic Arts Plaza and the tickets cost a boatload as did their costumes.

    The show was on Father’s Day so we invited all the grandpas and great-grandpas – hundreds of dollars worth of tickets.

    “But it will all be worth it because after all the time and effort and love and money, they will be AWESOME!”


    Then they performed…..(drum roll please)

    The Chicken Dance.

    I kid. you. not.

    Karly never took another dance class again.

    • liz
      June 7, 2011 | 12:44 pm

      I don’t think that the Chicken Dance can ever qualify as “dancing.” Not even by my dog’s standards.

  50. Jenny
    June 4, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    So totally cute! Hope the real thing goes just as well!

  51. anna
    June 4, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    so sweet, i do love the recitals. and my kids’ love seeing everyone they know on stage.

  52. Glamamom
    June 4, 2011 | 7:51 pm


  53. Katie
    June 4, 2011 | 10:35 pm

    that is by far the cutest thing i have ever seen!!!

  54. BalancingMama (Julie)
    June 4, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    Very cute! How did the weekend go?

  55. Tisha | tMedia
    June 5, 2011 | 1:50 am

    Awww…could this BE any cuter?! I think not.

    That was adorable; clearly they are more than ready to rock it out for showtime! πŸ™‚

  56. Julie
    June 5, 2011 | 11:44 pm

    So stinkin’ cute. She’s got all the moves!!!

  57. Booyah's Momma
    June 6, 2011 | 12:45 am

    Um, your daughter has better moves than I do. So cute, and so not fair.

  58. Stefanie
    June 6, 2011 | 9:39 am

    How cute!!!!

  59. Shell
    June 6, 2011 | 7:52 pm

    So cute!

  60. Alexandra
    June 6, 2011 | 10:39 pm

    Oh, goodness…close your eyes and dream about this,huh?


  61. Missy
    June 6, 2011 | 11:06 pm

    Yep. Precious. 100%

  62. Kate
    June 7, 2011 | 8:14 am

    That’s pretty stinkin cute!

  63. Elaine
    June 7, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    So cute! I love their outfits. K had fun watching this THREE times. πŸ˜€

  64. Yuliya
    June 8, 2011 | 12:47 am

    OH MY GOSH! This is the cutest thing I have ever, ever seen! Golly how do you handle it? They are going to start a riot of Beatles proportions with their adorableness!

  65. Lady Jennie
    June 9, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Wait – is she in the middle? She knows the moves super well!

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