July 22nd, 2009

Superstar - *AFP Hall Of Fame*

“This is one of my 1988 dance recital portraits from The Dancer’s Studio in Dearborn, MI. I wasn’t like the rest of the ballerinas who had been studying dance since birth; I started late so I was put in the “teen beginners” jazz class. I was easily the worst dancer in the school; if you watch the recital video you can see me spinning in the wrong direction and knocking into people. Our teacher, Miss Maryann, picked our costumes and we danced to the song “Hourglass” by Sweet.

I was twelve years old and obviously at that stage where I had no idea what to do with my body. Everything was out of proportion; my glasses were too big, my tights were too big and I could never get my bangs right. I remember a friend at summer camp made me that friendship bracelet and I never took it off so it was really grungy.

The photographer posed us and for me there was really no other option than the jazz hands. I find it kind of amazing that this photo is now one of the top 5 image results when you google “jazz hands.” Like my extreme dorkiness has become a cultural meme. There’s an authenticity to that, dorkiness. There’s no pretense to dorkiness.”

(submitted by Adriana)

241 Responses to “Superstar”

  1. ditt says:

    The poor thing. Is that a “wing” hanging out of her crotch. Ah, poor thing. Being 11 – 14 really sucks……Poor girl.

  2. laurie says:

    What a feeling! Keep believing!

  3. DorisDay says:

    She has the Xanadu look — or is it the Xana-don’t?

  4. erin seals says:

    why do the color of her hands match her leggings?

  5. Tim says:

    She’s a singular sensation, she is!

  6. gruven_reuven says:

    how are her hands so tan…

  7. Cla says:

    OMG! That’s so FLASHDANCE!


  8. Chicklet says:

    Know what? She may be in an awkward stage of life w/the glasses, but she has an awesome body. I’m with the others — I want to see what she looks like now! Pictures! Pictures!

  9. Ann says:

    Bless her heart.

  10. Heather says:

    this girl is all I wanted to be in middle school. Poofed out bangs, crazy big glasses, friendship braclet, tights that never matched your skin tone, and the best part….glitter headband! I wish I was her friend!

  11. Denise says:

    If you got it, flaunt it!! I love everything about this photo 🙂

  12. matthew says:

    i’m pretty sure they sell that whole outfit at american apparel today!

  13. Karen says:

    Wouldn’t you like to see what these people look like today? lol

  14. JK says:

    I’m in love…I actually want to marry her

  15. Dixie says:

    Let’s get physical, physical, I wanna get physicaaalll…

  16. SweetPetunia says:

    Am I the only one dying to see a picture of this woman now?!? LOL! What year do you think that is….83 or 84? Wow, we rocked those years!

  17. Lara says:

    ….sometimes…. when i get nervous…. i stick my fingers in my armpits… and then i smell them…. like this……

  18. Ohmyjessica! says:

    The best part is: they sell all of this at american apparel today.

  19. modcenturygal says:

    God Bless Legg’s ‘Cafe Brazil’ pantyhose.

  20. Sherlock Holmes says:

    Shame on the photographer … he/she should have noticed the hole in her nylons and set up lights so there would be no reflections in her glasses.

  21. Tan says:

    I love this girls intensity and dedication to the moment despite the, forever etched in my memory, unfortunate reinforced crotch malfunction…

    Saying that, I am now going to go and destroy every pre-pubescent (sp?) pic of myself in fear it just might appear on this site.

  22. david says:

    I am pretty sure I actually know her….did she go to calarts…..

  23. yzh says:

    Oh, wow…

  24. Betsy says:

    Ohhhh man those 80’s hi-cut leotards worn over flesh-colored tights!! How much do you want to bet that she had on leg warmers, too? It’s Jane Fonda-tastic!

    • Rhaw88 says:

      OMG! I was thinking the same thing. I KNOW there has to be a pair of legwarmers lurking below the knee somewhere. But, really, for all of us who took dance class in the 80’s, she is ‘representin’.

  25. Rebecca says:

    That picture could almost not get any better

  26. Gabby says:


  27. Yikes says:

    Oh, honey, no. There should be some enforced burning of all 80’s pictures. Nothing good can come of allowing them to remain out in the wild.

  28. Global Librarian says:

    Love the “jazz hands!”

  29. Jessica says:

    I have to say this is my FAVORITE in a long time… makes me giggle.

  30. hupla says:

    She is just fantastic!

  31. Esahc says:

    Wow, just wow . . .

  32. Sarah says:

    Love how the reinforced crotch of her nylons are showing. Classic.

  33. Michelle says:

    NNOOO!!!!My ’80’s twin !!!! NNOOOOO!!! Why?????

  34. Emmy says:

    Oh no….. the reflection off her glasses really adds to the sparkle and shine… and what is that white thing???? Is that her skin? Part of the blousy leotard? This pic has awkward glittered all over it….

  35. This just rocks on like Jazzercise….

  36. NY Doll! says:

    Jazz fingers! I Love This Girl!

  37. Kratzy says:

    What great jazz hands! Shame about the unfortunate rolled fabric in the crotch region though… Wow on the glasses!

  38. akprincess72 says:

    A. I L*O*V*E the jazz hands! She’s rocking them!!!

    B. I totally had those glasses…

  39. Bastet11 says:

    That’s an inconvenient hole.

  40. Rachel says:

    and what exactly is that white piece peeking through on her thigh? oy the troubles of tweenism

  41. Selena says:

    This picture is oh so ’80s glam. Is that the crotch of the tights showing? Awkward!

  42. What in the World? says:

    Wow! :0

  43. Selena says:

    This is one of those pics they show on Maury when they have the Geek to Chic shows…..

  44. megan says:

    lol. Priceless

  45. kane says:

    OMG! That is the best jazz hands I have ever seen! haha

  46. Josh says:

    “Those are not spirit fingers!!!! These are spirit fingers!” (Sparky in Bring it On)

  47. dramaking says:

    I am pretty sure she’s about to show off her JAZZ HANDS!!!

  48. megandrewsmom says:

    Preparing for the jazz hands big finish!

  49. aaryn says:

    WOW! Thats all there is, no other words, just WOW!

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