Keeping up with Namine’s dance classmates is hard work.

Since Namine started learning the moves to her recital dance, I’ve sat next to her, helping to figure out the ideal times to sit and do hand motions, to stand and do leg motions. But this week I sat on the sidelines for practice. She told me to.

Because it’s jazz, the dance is filled with hand movements — especially when the kids are standing still, but even when they’re moving their feet, too. Namine’s teacher has told her on more than one occasion that she can sit as much as she likes, and if she wants, she can just sit and do the hand motions. Namine always responds with “Okay, thanks!” like she plans on doing just that, and then she stands up and dances anyway.