Dance, Dance, Dance…

I’ve been MIA for about a month, but…

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This meme pretty much sums up my life and where I have been.

(Add in the last few weeks of school and it was just nuts!  Fun, hard, crazy… and nuts.)

The girls all dance at one of the studios I grew up in.  (If any of you are lucky enough to be in that situation, it really is the coolest thing!)  Mom brought over all of my old scrap books and Big Sister and I realized that we wore the same colors for our very first recital opener performances.

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The little girls each had one performance in the recital, but Big Sister is part of the performing group so she had four performances in two different recitals.  She danced all day long and LOVED every second of it!

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The little girls were in the morning recital, so I helped backstage for the second recital.  I loved seeing how everything went down behind the scenes and seeing how excited all of the girls were to perform.

Especially this girl….

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Needless to say, we were both exhausted the day after.  We had a week to recover and then it was time to hit it hard again….  performing group tryout season was upon us!

All three girls are participating in the performing group this year, but any girls from 4th grade and up have to try out for their spots.  This was the case for me when I was growing up in the dance studio, as well.  I LOVED dancing when I was growing up, but I can honestly say that being on this side (the mama side) of tryouts is probably my favorite side.

Technique clinic comes first.  They spend every night that week at the studio improving their technique and getting prepared for what is to come in their tryout dance.  Big Sister has come a LONG way since 4th grade try outs and technique clinic was a totally different ball game this time around.  She came home with a whole new bag of tricks and had the time of her life.  Last year she was in the youngest group and didn’t have quite the confidence she does now as a wise, old 5th grader.  😉

She had a week break in between and then it was clinic week.  On Wednesday and Thursday they learn the first and second half of their dance.  The dances are much more difficult than anything they did the year before.

…Excuse me while I get a little emotional…

This is my favorite, favorite thing about her dance studio.  They challenge those girls!  The parents get to come in at the end of practice each day to see what the girls have learned.  This year and last year I watched the choreography and thought “What in the world?!?! These girls can’t do that!!!”  To which their wise dance instructors are thinking… “Just watch them go…”  They know what the girls are capable of!  On Friday, the mamas all sit in that room trying not to cry during mock tryouts as the girls perform their hearts out.  We all sit in amazement as we are reminded of what our girls can do, how determined they are and how much they love to dance. We are all reminded again just why we chose our dance studio and how blessed we are to have our girls there.

…Okay, sappy moment over...

Tryouts are on Saturday and Big Sister was READY!

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We couldn’t make it though dance life without our ‘dance family’.  This sweet girl and her mama, Terria, are our dance ‘big sisters’.  She is a grade above Big Sister and we go through everything together.  Even sharing costumes…

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I am always a nervous wreck during try outs… way more nervous than I was when I was the one actually doing it!

Tryouts last for an hour.  After what seems like an eternity the girls come bouncing out with a sheet of paper in their hands which read ‘yes’ or ‘not yet’. They are instructed to take it out to the car to open it up.  Once I spotted Big Sis, I motioned to Terria and we headed out the door.  She took a video of Big Sister opening her paper.

 And…

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It’s a….

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Just to let you know what an amazing friend Terria is…  I had a major mom fail moment due to nerves and forgot to take a picture of Big Sister with her ‘yes’, so naturally she stepped in and took care of it without even saying a word! Haha!

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We were so excited to add some of the little sisters into the mix this year.  You are looking a hardworking and talented group of girls.  The sky is the limit for this bunch!

In a moment of giddiness… and probably delirium due to exhaustion, we decided to hold up their ‘yes’ papers and pose just like our girls had.  Regina and Sara had two girls make it this year.  They deserve some kind of medal for that!  It is a stressful week for the mamas, but in the end every second of it is so worth it.

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Afterwards we went out to celebrate with some of our friends.  Dance friends are the best friends!

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It’s going to be such an awesome year!  I can’t wait to see all three of my girls performing!

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