We're back! What a great weekend! We got there Friday night and met up with a bunch of other studio families. The kids all ran around the hotel together, visiting each other's rooms in their pajamas and having a blast. Many of us adults converged in one room hanging out, having some cocktails, and relaxing. Then we headed over to the hotel bar after the kids went to bed, had a few more drinks, and I got up the nerve to do a karaoke song, LOL! We went back to our rooms around 1am and I didn't fall asleep til almost 3. Then I woke up at 4:30am - probably because I always get this fear that I wouldn't wake up in time to get J to the competition by 8am. Ugh, I don't know how I lasted on 1.5 hours of sleep.
The competition was fabulous. Eleven dance studios competed, totaling over 300 numbers. J did great - and received 2 special awards for her solo, one for best costume and one for best personality! She won a "GOLD" (out of "silver", "high-silver", "gold", and "high-gold"). Her 3 team numbers (1 jazz, 1 open, and 1 tap) all received "GOLD" as well and out of the top 5, all 3 team numbers placed (4th, 3rd, and 2nd). Their large production number got a "HIGH-GOLD" and won for best costume. Saturday night all the kids went in the pool for a few hours and then we all converged again in what we deemed "the party room", lol, ordered take out Chinese and hung out with each other til midnight. The kids bopped around from room to room again, really bonding and having the best time.
Today J went to a 7 hour dance workshop. They started at 9 with a 1/2 hour warmup and had an hour each of "Folkloric Fusion", "Jazz Funk", "Audition Workshop", "Contemporary Modern", "Musical Theater", and "Tap". There was also a 1/2 hour thrown in there for lunch. We parents dropped food off for the team and went out to a pub to eat lunch ourselves. We talked all about the competition and P said that J did better than she could have ever hoped for - especially this being her first solo year. Lunch was fun (and informative!) and then we all went back to the workshop to wait for the kids to be finished. I watched a bit of it and was so impressed at the level of teaching there. All the kids slept during the car ride home and none of us can wait for the next one!