I've mentioned before that my girls and I all dance competitively at KickIt Dance Studio, here in Winnipeg. We love it. We love the location, the studio layout, and especially the directors and all the teachers. We consider it a real blessing to be involved in a sport that we all enjoy, and have teachers that respect both the sport and the dancers to the highest degree. There is no mud slinging toward other studios, no scantily clad dancers young or old. There is, however wonderful support and genuine care and nurturing of dancers by both the teachers and the older students toward the younger ones. This sport is becoming quite involved for us as the kids get older. We spend several hours a week at the studio, and during this time of year those hours increase in preparation for competition. But it is so worth it. My girls absolutely love to dance. We really see them come alive as they practice and perform. We will forever be indebted to Adam Boge for introducing us to his brother Rob, and sister-in-law Lori who have made KickIt a place that has become part of the fabric of our family. So that's why I've been MIA over the past week and a bit. The girls and I have been competing, competing, and competing some more in two different Dance Competitions.
As promised yesterday, I do have some photos to share with you. These were all taken at the Canadian National Dance Championships (or CNDC as we call it). The competition itself lasts for five days. We were there 3 out of the 5. The younger two performed all their dances on the first day, (which resulted in a 12.5 hour day at the Convention Center. Long, but fun. To be honest I prefer the long day over the back and forth we did the following two weeks for the Manitoba Dance Festival). Isabelle competed the day after them, and I competed the day after her.
Théa competed in a Tap Small Group, a Jazz Trio, a Hip Hop Large Group, and a Jazz Large Group. Eden competed in a Jazz Trio, as well as the same Jazz Large Group as Théa. Isabelle competed for the first time in a Jazz Large Group this year. I also competed for the first time in a Tap Large Group number.
This is the Tap Small Group number. They danced to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Williams' parents are so committed, they actually went out and bought a second hand bugle just for these performances! They received gold for this performance, and also won first place overall for their category.
|Théa: far right|
Eden's Jazz Trio danced to Pink Cadillac. They were so cute on that great big stage.
|They received High Silver|
Théa's Jazz Trio danced to Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair
|The received Gold|
I competed in a Tap number to Miss Ottis Regrets. It was such a blast. We are 16 women and one gentleman in our group. Our teacher choreographed a super fun, and fast number for us. I think people just really enjoy seeing all us 'mature' dancers still enjoying the sport.
|We even received a standing ovation after our performance.|
|Our performance earned us Elite Gold|
The younger two are in the same Jazz number, they performed to Greased Lightning, and earned High Silver
|Théa front left, Eden front right|
The Hip Hop group dance was by far my favorite of all her dances this year. Rob is a phenomenal choreographer, and has been recognized for it at the highest level of the sport. These kids were such troopers. This was the last of the 4 dances 3 of these kids had performed that day. They took the stage at 10:35 pm, and brought the house down. Hoodies on Hats Low is such a fun song for this age group. They received Gold for this performance.
|Théa: front and center|
And here is Isabelle's Jazz Group dancing to Fiesta. It was a fun, Latin, celebratory feel kind of dance. Just look at those jumps.
|They also received Gold|
|Isabelle is in the last back row, left side 2nd one in|
Next week, it will be back to your regularly scheduled programing around here. That includes an upcoming Blog Hop to begin on Thursday over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles. There will be games, challenges, and lots of prizes up for grabs. So be sure to check back for all the details.
I'll leave you with a layout I completed using the photos my kids took of me the night of our Tap Performance. This layout also won me a Guest DT spot over at My Scrapbook Nook for the Member Inspiration Challenge.
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