The latest routine in Natalia's dance class at school is set to "Mary, Did You Know?", a very pretty song about Jesus. I swear, you NEVER know what your kid will end up performing in a Russian school!!! Abba, folk songs, rock with lyrics that the teachers didn't quite realize aren't the most appropriate... I'll take this song any day!
Anyone who has ever seen the choreography typically done in Russian schools won't be surprised in the least by the "expressiveness" added to this religious song... All that shimmying and shaking Natalia loves to do? Partly learned by catching glimpses of videos while in restaurants, partly learned in nursery school!
Her dance teacher is busy getting the group ready to compete in an international dance festival -- which our school has actually WON in the past! It's pretty amazing to think that our little kindergarten has beaten kids of all ages from all over the world in the past. Natalia won't be going, however... I wouldn't want my child to travel overseas without me, and we sure don't have a couple of thousand dollars laying around to foot the bill...!
I filmed the video above last week; today Natalia learned another part of the dance. Here she is, singing for you, too... Note how her pronunciation is influenced by hearing Russians singing in English! ("Baby" in the first line comes out as "maybe"... undoubtedly because the other kids don't understand what they're singing and say the wrong word).
Look for her final "Pfff-pfff!" sound-effect in the last move; her teacher uses such sounds to get the kids to act at the same moment and with pizazz. It's so cute!