Little girl’s dance recital goes terribly, wonderfully, wrong, (video)

Usually I save the fun videos until the evening, but I just saw this one and had to post it for the lunch break. It’s beyond adorable, and funny as hell.


Basically, a little girl in a dance recital, dancing to “Broadway Baby,” decided that her own improvised moves would be far more fun than what the teacher had told her to do.

You really have to watch the entire thing to fully appreciate it. I love kids’ recitals. It’s one of the things I miss the most living away from my family (I’m in DC, they’re in Chicago), not getting to see these kind of kids’ pageants.


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44 Responses to “Little girl’s dance recital goes terribly, wonderfully, wrong, (video)”

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  2. Knox Bronson says:

    I was recently watching my four-year old grand-daughter play soccer. She would stop to look at a flower, bend over, spin around, then notice her team was on the other side of the field and run over there. She really didn’t get the concept of the game. It was so cute. The other girls were a little older, so a bit, and I mean only a bit, more focussed.
    Same thing here. Believe me, the teacher knew that girl would be “soloing.” The audience loved it. And I don’t think she ruined it for the other girls either. They are all just coming out of their own worlds at that age.
    Very cute. Thanks for posting.

  3. ThatDeborahGirl says:

    She came to dance and chew bubblegum…and she was all out of bubblegum. She is absolutely adorable :D

  4. friv 2 says:

    oh, it’s funny and cute, the kids would be great

  5. Njae2000 says:

    Oh my….I think that’s the best laugh I’ve had in my life…so far…! I’ve had to run to the bathroom 3 times before I could get through this video! I can only imagine that Whoppi Goldberg would have been like this at 3 years of age!

  6. ArizonaNative says:

    I am sorry, but she didn’t know the routine, and ruined all the other little kids hard work. If you insist on dancing to your own tune, you should dance alone.

  7. Jonna Hemminger says:

    My coworker pulled up the video and we were all laughing and enjoed it so much. What a wonderful video.

  8. jinkiesshaggy says:

    “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

    ― Friedrich Nietzsche

  9. Whitewitch says:

    Ahhh yes! Now I remember (ahhh the 60’s just a foggy haze).

  10. heimaey says:

    I can’t take credit. I’ll give that to the late great Mama Cass.

  11. BeccaM says:

    She’s the only one I feel bad for, because she clearly does want to do the dance with the others in whatever synchronized way they were taught, but there’s this whirlwind of raw enthusiasm in between.

  12. Badgerite says:

    Oh, Judy Garland, of course.

  13. Thus the word “wonderfully” in the title ;-)

  14. Whitewitch says:

    Perfectly said!

  15. Whitewitch says:

    I have heard the same said about peeing!

  16. Whitewitch says:

    I love children that refuse to conform…I predict she will be a great person when she grows up.

  17. LanceThruster says:

    Have the Rolling Stones killed, Smithers.

  18. LanceThruster says:

    I see in her the reaction I’ve given when unsure of what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s a tad uncomfortable, but you soldier on.

  19. LanceThruster says:

    Life’s a dance you learn as you go
    Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow
    Don’t worry about what you don’t know
    Life’s a dance you learn as you go


    Oh, to be a kid again.

  20. Cletus says:

    SNL has been having issues lately over it’s failure to get black female cast members. I suggest they sign this little girl quick before she gets snatched up.

  21. cole3244 says:

    if she has an unusual sense of humor but i bet she saves this performance for close relatives only.
    hopefully she gets on snl and that can be her audition tape.

  22. karmanot says:

    If ya gotta dance, ya gotta dance!

  23. Ken says:

    I don’t think this went terribly wrong at all. All the other girls are barely moving, and she’s dancing like she’ll win So You Think You Can Dance one day. She was awesome, and even sang along great!

  24. Zorba says:

    It depends. If she goes into the performing arts, as I said previously, she can use it as part of her performance portfolio.
    But if she winds up being a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or business executive, then, yeh, she’ll
    probably try and get rid of it. ;-)

  25. cole3244 says:

    when she gets older she will try and destroy that video if her parents let her find where they hid it.

  26. Buford says:


  27. Zorba says:

    Yeh, but this kid is, what, about 4 years old? Five, max? I think she’s just grooving to the music.

  28. Monoceros Forth says:

    I dunno. I find myself thinking the same thing as I think when I watch some old episode of “The Simpsons” where Lisa interrupts whatever the band is doing to go off on some amorphous sax solo: you’re supposed to be a band member, not a showboating diva.

  29. Monoceros Forth says:

    (can’t think of any response other than to laugh helplessly)

  30. Zorba says:

    Judy, Judy, Judy! ;-)

  31. Zorba says:

    And isn’t that a sad commentary on people today? Unfortunately, I’m sure that Skippy is right.

  32. Zorba says:

    She certainly does. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if she eventually goes far in the performing arts.

  33. Zorba says:

    LOL! She can use it as part of her portfolio when she eventually becomes a professional performer. Dancing, singing if she has a voice, acting.
    This kid has “it,” no question about it.

  34. maria says:

    Hot-cha and a razz-a-ma-tazza and a vo-de-oh-do-hi-up!

  35. milli2 says:

    Oh how that video will be shown to her over and over again through the years……..

  36. milli2 says:

    You can see the little girl on the right painfully thinking “I’m not looking at you, I’m just trying to conform!”.

  37. Zorba says:

    The teacher ought to have that little girl choreograph the next recital. Her routine was a whole lot more interesting than what the other girls were doing!
    That kid is really going to be busting some major moves as she gets older!

  38. FUFatherEisenman says:

    Now that little one has a stage presence like no others.

  39. Monoceros Forth says:

    Cool Judy Garland version or vomitous Barbra Streisand version?

  40. Monoceros Forth says:

    Too true.

  41. keirmeister says:

    This must be from the beginning of the director’s cut of “What’s Love Got to Do With it?”

  42. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I’m glad comments are disabled on that youtube video. Guaranteed to be at least 25% racist.

  43. heimaey says:

    You gotta dance to your own kind of music, sing your own special song, even if nobody else sings along!

  44. Badgerite says:

    A Star is born!

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