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Don't Stop Dancin' - DD's 10-Month Preparation Over in One Afternoon

Monday, June 06, 2011

This weekend was super-busy. My 16-yr old DD had a dance recital Sunday, which sounds easy enough. But for the past two weeks, she had finale practice almost every night. Coordinate that with her work schedule at Dorney Park, and it has been hectic to say the least. Two weeks ago, she went to dance every night until 10 PM, but worked 9:30 - 4PM on Saturday. The dance team had a performance at Mayfair at 6PM, but they wouldn't let her dance because she missed the Saturday practice.

This past week things escalated. She asked to leave work early Tuesday & Thursday, but was 15-45 minutes late for dance. Thursday night, some of the parents who stay for practice started criticizing other kids. Things then blew up. Kids don't need that added pressure! They were a little miffed that she had to work Friday from 4-11. Where can you work where they give you Saturday and Sunday off, and let you leave early two nights? I think Dorney was more than fair, seeing as they need her to supervise some hours. They are so under-staffed right now until the international students start working.
Saturday she had dance rehearsal from 12-8:30, and Sunday the day started at 11:30 for her. The recital, "Don't Stop Dancin'", went from 2:00 until 7:30. We went out to eat at Red Robin's to celebrate, getting there at 8:00 . The waiter took drink orders at 8:20, served them at 8:50 when our order was taken. Called the manager over at 9:10 and told them if the order didn't come out soon, we were leaving. At this point, we were there over an hour. He was very uncooperative, but later, after another incident with the fries, decided to comp 4 meals and all the drinks. So we only paid for 3 meals.

Maybe some of you won't see it this way, but it was God. We were debating going out at all because we really shouldn't be spending $$ right now. We need whatever cash we can come up with for Disney (Is it really less than 3 weeks now! A little scary). I decided that Michaela needed a celebration. To pay for only 3 meals instead of 7 plus 4 drinks was a real blessing. And the waiter got a generous tip. as this whole thing was management servers fault, not the waiter who came around 4 times for refills.
The recital was terrific. She was in a duet, "Bring Me to Life". The lights were down, and the spotlights on. Everyone watched as she danced. She was so nervous. But she held everyone's attention. It helped she was the 13th dance number (went early-not the number 13). Then the dance team X-ECUTION performed their high energy, hip-hop medley (#43). This is the dance number that they will be do, competing in Nationals at the end of July. Picture of her at the end in X-ecution costume.

In the second half, she danced to Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me"(#46) with 5 other girls. Very good. Then the dance team performed again "Massive Attack" (#67). And in the Finale, which was all songs from "Glee", she had 3 costume changes before changing into the finale T-shirt at the end.
This was the first year that she danced more than one group number, and the first year she's been on the dance team. She loves it! And the day was worth all the drama, stress and hours.

Best of all, it's done! emoticon At least for awhile. The dance team will have to rehearse closer to Nationals.

This is the everyday Michaela:

This is Mic in her war paint:
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    The dance recital sounded great.

    I've been curious about Red Robin but may not want to go there now. LOL.
    2552 days ago
    Beautiful...simply stunning!

    Congratulations to BOTH of you for this accomplishment, and recognizing divine intervention when it appears. Disney awaits you!

    2568 days ago
    Wow, does this bring back memories! I had two daughters in dance at the same time, and yes it was hectic. My son was a good sport when I drug him all over the city for performances and even to Myrtle Beach SC for nationals one year. Your dd is beautiful and it sounds like she did very well. Tell her congratulations from me! emoticon
    2568 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the saga and the photos. My dd is also a dancer and although I miss seeing her dance live (she now lives 3,000 miles away from me) I get to see videos of her performances. Although the days were hectic, I treasure the memories of all those dance recitals. Now I have a crazy week ahead getting through all the rehearsals for my own dance recital!
    Best of luck to you and ENJOY DISNEY!
    2569 days ago
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