Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hairspray and Blue Eyeshadow

When I was around 8 my parents somehow came to the conclusion that I needed an outlet for my energy. Something that would teach me to follow group directions, work on my hand/eye coordination, and another way to socialize.

Did they choose gymnastics? Nope.

Soccer? No.

Ballet? Wrong again.

This girl was a Cadette. Oh yes my friends, a Cadette. And while, yes, I did learn to step-ball-change like a champ, there are still some plaguing questions I have when I look back on those days.
1. Was that really the best hat design they could come up with? Really?? And in case you are wondering it did NOT clip to our hair, it has a strap that went under our chins, much like a birthday hat.
2. Why couldn't we have the front of the skirt as well?
3. The shoulders. What are those things?
4. Why did our tights have to be four shades darker than our natural skin tone? As an adult I now know that they DO come in different shades.
5. Why the plunging sequin V?
1. Was it really that hard for us to move in unison? Every single girl in the above picture is on a different step.
2. People actually came to our parades? Unless they had a Cadette in the troupe I have a hard time understanding this.
3. Why did our instructors (far side of the picture) wear white stirrup pants? That seems like another bad choice.
4. How were we supposed to twirl the baton if the flag took up more than half of it?
1. For our first recital -- pajamas? Really? I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved my Beauty and the Beast PJ's, but really?
2. Did we even practice? What is going on up there on the stage?

It was mayhem I tell ya! Mayhem!


  1. Mayhem, and cuter than a bug in a rug.

    You look so sweet, thanks for sharing with us.


  2. OMG! I am dying!

    I took dance lessons starting when I was 2, and my gosh the costumes until I was about 12 were AWFUL! The 80s/early 90s were a bad time...for everything.

  3. HAHAHAHAHAHA! This made me laugh out loud, but seriously how cute are yOU?!

  4. So hilarious! And pajamas are an interesting costume choice to have dreamt up. Because when one thinks batons and dancing, they naturally think pajamas!

  5. Ahh, the good ole days. I owned several pairs of stirrup pants. Oh the sad thought of that!
    This was a good laugh for me!

  6. LOL! I didn't even know what Cadettes where? Maybe they didn't have them in my neck of the woods. But I'm so glad you had pictures! Too funny!

  7. AWWWW!!! Super cute!! I love the pics!! :)

  8. This post just caused me to ask my husband if he ever heard of my baton twirling prowess back in the day. Sadly, he had not, so I just gave him a full on description of our red outfits with the silver sequins.

    At least my excuse was it was the very late 70s

  9. We don't have cheerleading, cadettes, baton-twirling stuff in the UK.. thank goodness by the looks of it!

    Looks like your costume was a kind of Dallas thing.. and are those chandeliers on your shoulders?

  10. First of all: YOU are SUPER CUTE!!! And secondly, I was that kid only in high school. Can you imagine all that awfulness while in high school? Yah, that was my life. Sequins, heavy bad make-up, and a horrible reputation for being a nerd simply because of the sequins. *shakes head*


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