Our tiny dancer, as Poppy likes to call her, is having her first big recital this May.  The outfit (black and white polka dot tutu) is enough to make any heart melt, but I’m wondering when recitals became such big money makers.  It’s not like her dance studio is a public school or library.  It’s a privately funded studio where Nana pays quite a bit each month for her to go.  So, why the need to raise so much money at the recital?

Here’s the breakdown:  t-shirts (with all the dancers names listed like my sorority party event shirts) – $15, tickets to performance – $5 each (the first two are free, how generous), recital fee – $50, trophies – $10 each, medals – $8 each, dvd (NO recording devices or cameras will be allowed in the auditorium.  Aside, of course, from the professional dvd creator) – $25, roses for performers – $5 each, studio pictures – $?, snacks and beverages sold during intermission – $?, personal ads for the program – $ varies per ad size, and the costume – $45.

But the costume really is the most adorable thing ever and Joelle really will love it.  How can parents and grandparents resist?  We’ll be hooked and that’s how they can get away with it.