Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stack the Stands--Dance Competition

Today was another dance competition for the team. It was a new competition that they have never participated in before, called Stack the Stands. I consider it sort of like a dress rehearsal (with judges) before our state competition which is in 2.5 weeks.

This competition was different in one major way. Usually,
we have seen the routines several times by this point in the season and are aware of each routine's rough spots, highlights and the moves the girls are most worried about. But not this time. Nope. It was like going in to deliver a baby with no ultrasound first. ha (slight hyperbole, but I was pretty nervous and antsy--and that reminds me of labor and delivery).

The morning was spent watching solo routines (the same 5 girls who competed in state solo competition, also competed today). No trophies today, either for our soloists. Oh well. This is the first year of competition for all soloists, except one, so we are not surprised.

The afternoon was spent watching team routines in several categories, based on size of school and the type of dance (lyrical, jazz, hip hop, military, pom and kickline). We took two routines (the max); one hip hop and one pom and we are in the division of largest schools.

This was the theme of this year's hip hop routine....Mario Brothers!

Here are the cute Tshirts the girls wore. I think the parents will all wear them at state.

Here are the girls, prior to their routine. See the cute mushrooms! Their whole costumes were spot on, down to the work boots and gloves and hats and mustaches. Awesome!!

A closeup of my little Luigi. Nice mustache, Lulu. lol

First place!!!!! Whoo-hooo! We had some excited girls!

My girl holding the trophy. Happiness.

Here is the theme of the pom routine...Monopoly!!! The 'W' is for the name of our team. It sort of reminds me of Willy Wonka's 'W'. My girl is the front row, second from the right.

Crisp white leos, black pants, sparkly belts and bling on the 'W's, red, red lips, cute poms and Kate, who was the Mr. Monopoly Money guy, in her tux and top hat! So cute!!!!!

Moms and daughters. Aren't they darling (the daughters, I mean)? Those two have been friends since 6th grade and are going to the same college next year...roomies?

Me and my darlin' (Mark was in a training class today and couldn't come).

COFFEE with the WHITE leo? Nooooooo......

Eyeliner and eyeshadow and mascara with the WHITE leo? Noooooooo.....

You can't see it in this photo, but I think (know) one of the girls had a CHOCOLATE bar with the WHITE leo!!!! Nooooooo!!!!! My Tide White pen got a workout (from the makeup twins). :~)

The girls placed 4th in pom; only the top 3 teams received trophies, so no hardware, but still, they were happy overall (therefore, we were, too).

So, now? I am home uploading photos, blogging and laying low, in my trusty cut-off sweats and T-shirt.


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