We all spent the weekend out in Jersey for J's first dance competition! As usual, the first is always my favorite, as we get to see all the number on stage with full costume. J was in 8 numbers and received all Gold and Ultimate Gold awards, which are the two highest given. J was thrilled when Diane Gudat (a prominent figure in the competitive dance world and who writes books and articles on dance) called her up for a special award for her solo. She praised J's intensity and she went on for a good minute about it. I was so proud.
The hotel was lousy, the days were long, and I left there feeling like I'd run a marathon. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. My daughter shines on stage. Her studio owner pointed out how beautiful her lines have become, how much she has grown as a dancer, and that she was definitely meant to do this.
K spent the 2 mornings doing everyone's hair. She definitely has a knack for getting it just right. Moms were even slipping her money to ensure they were one of the first done the next morning, lol. W enjoyed hanging out with the other boys his age there - one a performer, one a twin brother. The grounds were nice and grassy, so the boys got to run around outside.
Next one is in a few weeks!