Monday, June 27, 2011

Late Night Blogging

Don't be surprised if I start blogging more. I aquired an iPod touch yesterday from my boyfriend's little sister. She bought a new one and gave me her old one free of charge. Granted, it has a huge crack in it, and currently needs a "software update," but I'm quite find of it. It allows for portable Internet access without needing a laptop.

So hopefully you will see more blogging. Hopefully being the key word here...

So, the youth group I attend is currntly at a week long event called CIY. And I'm not there with them. I feel like I should be. This is my first year since 6th grade not being there. I text my friends who are there, asking how things are going and requesting picutres so I can feel a little closer to the action. It's weird not being there singing and talking and laughing and crying (there are always tears at the end).

I know they will all have a great time though, and learn lots. Hopefully next year I'll be joining in on the fun and all that jazz.

But for now, I'll finish driver ed, continue cleaning, mow, stay up late,and keep in touch with them as much as I can. I miss you guys. Have fun for me.

Much love,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Recital Recap

Rehearsal Week:

Rehearsal week was ... bad, to say the least. The first 4 days the AC at the college was 'broken,' so they said, and it was just as warm in the building as it was outside. On stage, with the lights and people, it was 10 degrees warmer, and while you are dancing, you don't exactly cool down. It was terrible terrible terrible. Thankfully, by Thursday it had cooled down a bit, and by Friday the AC seemed to be working just fine.

Saturday 1pm:

Before our big recital on Saturday, we have a Mini Recital, which includes all of the younger dancers. This show only lasts for about an hour, so the young ones don't have to sit around back stage for 3 to 4 hours waiting to go on for bows. And ever since adding the Mini Show, we've had enough tickets for the larger shows.

The Mini Show went fantastically for the younger dancers. I assist classes, and I stood behind the curtains making sure they knew what they were doing. I had been worries about them all week, but during the performance was the best time they had ever done it. I was so proud of them. Kathy, our director, mixes in a few other pieces into the mini show, to give the kids a break and to allow the families of the younger dancers to see a bit of the other show.

I was in a piece with the companies (I'm in company 1) and we did a piece from Westside Story. It wasn't our best time, that's for sure, but it was alright and all the little kids loved it (though I think we could go out and do the hokey pokey and they'd still love it).

Saturday 3pm:

The real deal. To be honest, I don't remember much of the Saturday show. My family, bestfriend, boyfriend, and family friends did come to watch, so that was nice. The ballet, which was Alice in Wonderland, went without a hitch. And the second act went well too. A few mess ups from a few dancers, but overall, it was good.

Sunday 3pm:

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. It was indeed a crazy day. The ballet went well, but I almost face planted as the Mad Hatter while running across stage for bows. Not pretty. On to act two. Westside Story is the opening number, and it went well until the end, when, as we were walking towards the front for the ending, I see my friend Courtney hobble off stage and fall behind the curtain, crying her eyes out. I had to continue focusing, and the dance finished in a few seconds. As soon as the black out hit, I ran back stage to find her crying, and adults all around, asking "Ice or Heat?" and "Where does it hurt?" I see enough to realize she hurt her knee really bad, and wouldn't be able to dance for the rest of the show. I had to go back and change though, because we were on in a few songs. Everyone is kind of frantic, hoping she was alright. Our teacher comes in, and has to make last minute adjustments to the dance, has Courtney was a main lifter in each one she was in. Thankfully we get it worked out, and things workout alright. Everyone was hurt though, that she couldn't dance. Her family had come to watch, too.

Then, during the second to last song, a girl fell during the black out, and wasn't in her place when the lights came on. She wiped her tears away, and went into the dance, though you could tell she was upset that she fell.

Then at the end, Kathy always gives out awards to those who are most improved and gifts to the seniors. This year, we also had to say goodbye to Tara, a long time student, assistant, and teacher. She's moving to Cali to pursue a career in dance. Everyone was crying, including myself, and there were so so so many hugs afterward. It was so bittersweet. I get teary eyed thinking about it.

So that concludes dance 2010-2011. It was a great year, a great recital, and there were a lot of great memories made. Now time for summer break. Well, after 3 more days of school, that is.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Recital 2011 - Complete

Let's just say, it was a crazy, insane, exhausting, week.

And the performances went great.

We did have injuries, costume problems, tears, and falls, but I'll explain those on a later date.

Now, off to bed to get some sleep before my English exam.

visit to view pictures of the performances. (Go to client proofing and click APA~DANCE2011, and enter your name and email address to view the [outstanding] pictures.)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sophmore Year is Coming to a Close

Can you believe that it's already time for school to be out? After today, I will have 3 more days of sophomore year. It went by so fast.

It's been a crazy year, too. But I made it. Things are wrapping up with recital and exams, and the beginning of drivers training (finally).

This year was a good one. An adventure, for sure.

But I'm ready for summer.

It's so close I can taste it. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Recital in 3, 2, 1 ...

And it's here again. Recital.

And I'm just as scared as ever.

It's not even until Saturday.

The lovely Hayley Hamlin of Hayley Hamlin Photography is taking pictures. They are amazing, as always.

full dress rehearsal tonight.

I can't wait, yet I'm nervous.

Wish me luck, but please, don't say "Break a leg." That's theatre. Say "Merde." Dancer for "good luck!"

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Coffee Date

Sunday morning. 7am. What's better than a coffee date with the most amazing dad in the world? I couldn't think of anything else either.

Starbucks vs. Big B's. Hard to chose, but we went with Starbucks.

A White Chocolate Mocha and a Caramel Macchiato, both with extra shots of espresso.

And a missing wallet.

Kate to the rescue! No worries, we still got our coffee.

Thank you, summer lawn mowing for saving my coffee date.
Thanks Dad, for being a cool guy and taking me to get coffee.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Red is bam
In your face
Red is anger
All your hate

Red is harsh
Truth found out
Red is blood
Filled with doubt

Red is sunsets
Sinking low
Red is death
By over dose

Red is love
Warm and sweet
Red is the person
We wish to meet

Red is a rose
Given to a friend
Red is a feeling
That should never end

Red is comfort
Holding you close
Red is two
Dancing slow

Red is two faced
A mystery
Red is life
A fine story