Meg and Amy had to change dance classes when my work schedule changed. Same teacher, different village, different day and whoaaaaa baby whole different dance experience.
Our old dance group had about 50% boys, there was a lot of running around and chasing each other and stretching and flexibility stuff. The youngest kid just turned three and the oldest was Meg at eight. Once a year we had a performance as part of the community centre festival. Sandwiched between a men's choir and a koto group kind of thing. And our costume consisted of 'wear something black' and sensei gave us pom poms for a touch of unity.
The new dance group is full on. We do choreographies. Plural. The youngest kid is five and the oldest fourteen. We have been there since April and already had two performances. With at least two more on the books before the summer is out. And we have costumes. Thankfully I didn't have to sew anything but keeping track of all the elements is tough enough!
Today was the first big performance.
We were invited to perform at a kinder festival in a town 40 minutes from here.
Don't be mistaken- we are not so famous that we are worth a 40 minute trip, sensei has another class in that town.
It was all very exciting as the girls (all girls this dance group) converged on the kinder and got dressed and rehearsed and were kept hidden behind the curtains in the kinder gym waiting for their intro and ta-da moment and the performance.
While we were waiting one of the mums wanted to line the little kids up for a group picture.
In the tradition of Morning Musume our dance group is broken down into sub-groups (colour coded for ease of identification), kinder and grade 1 are green, grade three is red, grade 6 is pink and junior high is black.
Amy is in the kinder and grade 1 group. She's the entire grade 1 part of the group and the other girls are all friends from the same kinder so, while she has gelled with the group to an extent, she tends to hang out with Meg and the other grade three girl at dance practice.
I joined the gaggle of camera phone wielding mums to capture the group picture:
Amy didn't quite get why we were taking a picture and they hadn't even danced yet...
I think that comes across pretty clearly in the pictures:
It's also pretty wild that she is only a year older than those other girls...
We breed Fukase's big around here....