Dance recitals can be nerve-wracking for little girls. But for Johanna Colon of North Carolina, this little girl with tremendous “sassitude” had nothing but spunk, funk and pizzazz during her big performance.
Johanna was part of a trio that sauntered on stage wearing a pink and black leotard paired with a precious polka dotted tutu. The music began playing and the queen of soul Aretha Franklin’s voice began belting out “Respect.”
Dad was videotaping, and we’re so glad he did! Johanna’s recital routine definitely demanded some big time respect from everyone watching.
The crowd could not contain their laughter, cheers, and applause as Johanna shone on stage. Her flamboyant arm movements, sassy head nods, finger pointing, and peppy moves made her stand out.
Mom Elissa told Today that her daughter rehearsed the routine at home constantly, which gave Elissa the opportunity to teach her daughter about the legendary Aretha Franklin. The first thing Johanna noticed was that Aretha also had a lot of sass.
Even funnier is when Johanna starts lip syncing along while dancing. She throws her hands up in the air and gives her head a shake.
Then when she shimmies back and forth while clapping, Johanna completely immerses herself in the routine. Dad can be heard yelling “That’s my girl!”
At the very end, she hits her final pose and the crowd loses it. She ended up receiving a standing ovation from the packed crowd of 400 people.
Johanna was six when she performed the routine and had been dancing since she was two. Her dedication clearly shows in the video below. She’s so much fun to watch!