My oldest daughter went to the high school nationals a week ago in Florida. She was excited and had a good time but she was ready to be done. She enjoyed the competitions and the rigorousness of the training but there were things she didn’t enjoy, and thus, after two years of POM, she’s moving on. It’s bitter sweet as always with anything one puts their heart and soul into. Going forward, she might return to studio dance. Her heart is still in lyrical.
These photos were taken by a pro.
Happy New Year! Time is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of February. Husband and I have been watching the Olympics and I couldn’t believe that four years ago was the winter Olympics in Sochi. It felt like it was just yesterday when that happened.
My oldest daughter competed at a national competiton in Florida last week. We went as a family to cheer the team. This was her first time with her school team so she was nervous. She flew in with her team and stayed with the team at a hotel near Disney World. Husband, our 10-year-old, and I stayed at a different hotel. After competition was over, oldest daughter went with her team to the theme parks in Disney World. The three of us went to Sea World since we’ve already gone to Disney World a few years back and wanted to try something different.
First two photos were taken by pros.
They placed 11th nationally out of 15 teams that made finals. There were over 14K high schools nationwide that participated. I saw a team from Korea, but didn’t know what that was all about. I’m guessing there was an international competition going on at the same time.
A couple of views of the main stage. It was a live event on the ESPN channel. The group performing in the photo below isn’t my daughter’s school but is a school just a few miles from where we live. That was the angle of the stage from where we sat when we watched the competition. When our daughter’s team performed, we got to go up front by the pro-photographers. I only recorded because we were purchasing the pro photos already.
The competition took place at the ESPN Center in Disney World. I was amazed at how big this area was. In the photo below, the shadow in the bottom left is my 10-year-old’s. She took our photo. 🙂
Over the weekend, my daughters had a dance convention just north of us, where they took classes and where my oldest daughter competed in a couple of dances. We booked a hotel near the hotel where the convention was because there was no time to return home and then drive all the way to the convention again. The hotel where the convention was, was booked by the time we decided we’d stay up there, but our hotel was only about a three minute drive away so that was nice. It was exhausting for husband because he did all the driving. I was tired because I couldn’t sleep. The girls enjoyed it and my oldest loved it so much she wished it had lasted longer. I’m so glad to know she loved it. In past conventions, she’d come home exhausted and miss school the next morning because she would be hurting all over from dancing.
I was surprised to see that my daughter’s dance group was used for the main photo/video page. It’s also on the entry to the gallery page. In the screenshot, my daughter is the farthest left.
Last week’s solo competition was flawless. I don’t usually get teary-eyed when I watch her perform but she had me wiping tears. She has grown so much but she is still my little girl. Photos were taken by a pro-photographer. I purchased them (they were pricey) and cleaned them up a little.
Over the weekend the family went to the International Evening of Dance up in Vail with the girls’ dance school. The families went separately and met up there. The event was a couple of weeks long and covered all kinds of dancing including hip hop, modern, and ballet. We only went for one day and I believe it was the second to the last day that we were there. Vail is about 3 hours from Denver and is known for it’s skiing during the winter season but I’ve learned that it is practically busy throughout all the seasons. It’s a very beautiful place but quite expensive.
We went to Vendetta’s for pizza then headed to the theater for the show. We all sat on the lawn because that’s what we could all afford as a big group but it turned out great because for such an amazing show (most of it was ballet) it was unbelievably cheap. One thing I personally loved was seeing all the twinkling stars in the night sky. At first, when the sun went down and the stars began to show, I thought it was pretty cool. I mean, that’s what a night sky looks like with stars of different sizes twinkling here and there. But then when it got completely dark and ALL the stars came out, it was complete grandeur. I’ve never seen a sky with so many twinkling stars. It was as if the sky was all glitter. You can say, I found myself more fascinated by the sky than the dances.