"It's what I've always wanted to do, to show the laughter, the fun, the joy of dance." ~Martha Graham

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Washington DC- Day 2

Yesterday was AWESOME!!!!!! Here's what we did:

First we rode the Metro, it was sooooooo cool! I liked it when it wasn't to busy, as a dancer, I may have to live in a big city, and public transportation is a good option for that.

Then we got to the National Archives, it really wasn't that exciting, but I did enjoy seeing the The Declaration of Independance, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution. When we got there, my little brother said "Are we gonna go see the Constitution of Independance?" (LOL)

For the most part, the documents were pretty faded, but it was really cool, because on The Constitution, you could see where it said "We the People" REALLY well. It was so amazing that I got to see the documents that run our Country!

They also had a really cool exhibit called "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" It was about the way the goverment helps to decide what we eat. They showed food pyramids from a long time ago. Can you believe that there was actually a time when fruits and veggies were on the bottom of the pyramid? According  to a 1926 shopping list, for my family, we would by 70 lbs. of fruits and vegetable EVERY WEEK?

Then my mom, older brother, and I went to the National Gallery! It WAS AWESOME! We thought it was so good that we didn't want to leave early to look at the Museum of Natural History. So yeah, unfortunately, I didn't get to go, BUT... we did see

THIS SCULPTURE! It was the real thing to! Which was really awesome, because in the original sculpture they tied the real little girl who posed for this sculpture's hair ribbon in the sculptures hair!

There were lots of other dancer sculptures to! I'll try to post the pictures when I get back.

We also went on a night tour to all the memorials! I liked the World War II memorial, because it's soooo pretty at night! It was kind of a trade off though, because since it was so dark, you couldn't really see the Vietnam Memorial. The Abraham Lincoln Memorial was AWESOME! The statue was really cool!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Good Morning from Washington DC!

  Good Morning everyone!

I am currently in Washington DC on a one week trip with my family! We are staying in the basement of some random family's house, but they made it into like a condo for people to rent out. It's really nice, and I really like it.

Anyway, I can't say much so far, cause Saturday and Sunday were basically on the road. But anyway, I'll try and post again soon, today we are going to see the national archives, the national gallery, and the National Museum of Natural History. At the national archives, we get to see the Decleration of Independance, and the National Museum of Natural History is where the night in the museum movies were filmed, so it will be pretty cool!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Time of My Life...

We had our second company performance today! This time, we went to...

It was soooo much fun! I did the same dances that I did at the mall, so I didn't have any new choreography to perform, but it was still fun doing tap and character. So here's what we did:

We were told to be at the stage by 1:30, when we got there, they were having a kids ice cream eating contest! It turned out, that the Director of our studio's daughter was participating! She is 7 or 8, and sooo cute! Since there were 50+ people from our dance studio (between kids and parents), she had her own cheering section. They did winner by applaud and by judge. Another kid won for eating the most ice cream, but she won for applaud and got to take home a trophy. When you are 7, the trophy is all that matters. :o)

Then, we got to do the actual dancing! I slipped a little bit during the character dance, but hey! We couldn't fit on the stage, so we ended up dancing on pavement! Tap was pretty good! There is this part, where, it the original choreography, there are four girls in the back and two girls in the front doing a more complicated section, but only two people performed it for the fair today (I was one of them), so I got to be up in the front. My five 8-counts of fame! Btw, this is not the real stage, I'm just giving you something to look at!

After we performed, me and two other friends talked our parents into letting us ride the Ferris Wheel! We only did that one ride, because it was like, $5 per ride. We had a lot of fun on the Ferris Wheel, and we could see the Tennessee skyline, which was VERY cool! Once again, not the same Ferris Wheel, just something to look at.

Afterwards, my friends had to leave, but my mom and I wanted to look at the crafts. First we got a snack\drink, I had lemonade and my mom had a snow cone.

Then my mom and I went to the craft show and looked around. They didn't have that much stuff, but it was still fun. You guessed it, that was not the real craft show, just something to look at.

These are NOT my pictures, and I GIVE FULL CREDIT TO THE OWNERS OF THEM.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Two Weeks of Classes ALREADY?

Can you believe it? We are already two weeks in! So here's the status:

Ballet 4x: We're doing end of the year Ballet 4 stuff right now, which is kinda boring. I'm ready to dive into 4x!!!

Ballet 4: We are doing end of the year 3x, and I've done 3x twice already, so once again, I'm ready for some ballet 4 material. However, I get to do barre en pointe this year!! That's always fun! We are also doing my favorite Pirouette combination, not to mention I get to demonstrate like EVERYTHING!

Jazz 5: I LOVE THIS CLASS! There are only five of us in there, and we are all pretty good friends. Jazz 5 is the second to last level in Jazz, we learn all the rest of the hard moves at the beginning of the year, but then we work on technique the rest of the year. We already started fouettes, now we just need to do faxels and switch leaps!

Modern 3: I did this class last year, and it's been pretty easy so far, but hopefully we'll learn some new stuff, and it will get harder.

Tap 3: Once again, little bit easy, but hopefully it will get harder.

Creative Movement: Wow, pretty much every kid is 3. That makes it hard, CAUSE THEY ALL CRY! Thankfully, I've worked with Creative Movement, so it should get better.

Tap 1: There has only been one class, but it was a lot of fun! I love the C-R-A-Z-Y teacher, and the H-Y-P-E-R kids, and then I get a little bit overly E-N-T-H-U-S-I-A-S-T-I-C... It's pretty fun.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Not Sure of a Title...

I can't think of a title at the moment. I don't want to update on dance right now. Do you ever notice that a lot of times, You don't realize how much you love someone until they're gone?  First, my old tap teacher, I was never "close" to her, and then the day came when she told us that she wasn't gonna teach anymore, I didn't realize that I loved her so much until I went home crying.

Now one of the best youth leaders (at church) is leaving the staff. Youth Group is probably (for me) the hardest part of middle school, because I don't have a lot of friends there due to the fact that I always have dance during the "bonding" activities. Even though my dad is a deacon, and my mom used to be on staff as the elementary coordinator at church, most the leaders and kids don't even know my name. This one leader, was one of the few people who knew my name. I never talked to her that much, or really knew her that well, but I think that just the fact that she knew my name made a difference to me.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What's Inside My Dance Bag?

Hey everyone!
So lot's of people are doing videos about what's inside their backpack for the start of school. So I decided to do a video about what's inside my dance bag! Enjoy!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eeeeeeek! So sorry!

Oh my goodness! I just saw that I haven't posted in like, 3 weeks! Sorry for leaving you guys hanging like that!

Anyway, so, what's up with me, is I'm VERY busy with dance and stuff. Our Company choreography is much much harder than what we normally do, and it's taught at much different paces then everything else. Company camp is over, and we are on our one week break between Company and regular classes.

REGULAR CLASSES START ON TUESDAY!!!!!! (Which is also my mom's birthday :o)

So here's the countdown:

 5 days until Creative Movement Assisting, Ballet 4 and Pointe 2!

 6 days until Jazz 5!

1 week until Creative Movement Assisting, and Modern 3!

1 week and 2 days until Normal Company Rehearsal!

1 week and 4 days until Ballet 4x, Pointe 3, Tap 1 Assisting and Tap 3!

For those who are wondering, I am at the studio from 3:30-8:00 on Mondays. :)

As for other news, my mom and I have been training for a 5k charity run this summer. And we are running it on Labor Day! I'll be sure to tell you about that when it happens!