Our little darlings had their first dance performance.
Ohhh they're so grown up........
They did so well......
I remember when they were just this big ad all they did was cry and eat and poop and sleep.....
And now look at them.....!
Ok. Nostalgia done with.
First a disclaimer. this is not our dance group:
They are a local hip-hop troupe and very talented. Amy's classmate's mum dances here. Wow... They also dance to songs with lyrics like 'I don't give a f+@#.' Yeah, that's not our group.
This isn't our group either:
They re soooo organised, there are sooo many of them, they know soooo many dances and have soooo many costumes (and mid concert costume changes) that I'm in awe. In awe and a little bit pleased for my sake that that's not our dance group.
So, what is our dance group?
Firstly it's taught as a fitness-dance group ratherthan jazz or hiphop or whatever so there is more aerobic type stuff and less difficult footwork. Maybe because of this we have a lot of boys in the class. About half the class in fact.
Secondly it is a community centre class that started out as a free class sponsored by the city. It's still ridiculously cheap- 500 yen per family per class and you don't pay at all if you don't go so I'm not sure how the teacher makes any money at all out of it...
Thirdly it's the epitomy of laidback. No costumes, no performances,no presentation days, no advertising (other than the community centre notice board) and lots of running around playing tag with balls wedged between your legs or playing withhoops and a big circle of parachute material or doing pilates type core work balancing on squishy balls etc etc.
But this year we were asked to be a part of the community centre Autumn extravaganza. And so we took to the stage along with the hip hoppers, the jazz dances, a taiko troupe, men's accapella group, innumerable Japanese traditional dancing groups and a koto group.
I was a bit worried ho the girls would go but they had a blast and came home all excited and aready planning their next performance. Yeah!!
And now for some pictures. :)
The dress code was black t-shirt and whateveryou like on the bottom. As you can see Meg and Amy were the only ones who decided dancers need frilly skirts. Oh well!
Meg and the other Grade 2 girl (yes, they're the same age...) had the job of introducing the group. This put Meg through the wringer in practice as she was so shy she kept mumbling andlooking at her feet so I was well chuffed when she looked up and said all her lines in a big clear voice- go Meg!
Love the power in this shot. And something weird- the kid behind her? I have probably 10 pictures of him and he has his eyes closed in all of them! weird huh?
Go Amy! Her ponytail was dancing all around the shop!
The one and only shot out of 200 (Hey, it was my first time seeing my kids perform!) with both girls in the same shot and both unobscured. I guess that's the nature of dance photography, huh?
Very wonky but this is my favourite pic of the performance. Aren't they cute?
And having made it through this blatant I-think-my-kid-is-wonderful-a-thon be grateful that the video K took is too big to upload. :)