Saturday, January 21, 2012

Macy's, Myachi, and The Pulse

Outside Macy's
The guide was fabulous
We went with the homeschool group yesterday on an historic tour of the huge flagship Macy's in Herald Square. This is usually geared toward high school age, but all of our 10 & 11 year-olds loved it and asked tons of questions.  We started in the "Cellar" and worked our way to the 4th floor.  In one section of the store are the original escalators from 1902.  It was so interesting how much planning goes into the marketing and merchandising that makes this store so successful even after 154 years. There are 11 floors and about the same square footage as the Empire State Building.  We were told why makeup and perfume are always on the first floor, why the designer floors create an entirely different "boutique" for each designer's area, and noticed how the teens clothing floor had completely different music, decor, and eateries.  The guide told us all about the Thanksgiving Day parade, how they have the real Santa Claus there every December, what they do for Black Friday, the annual flower show, the holiday windows, the employee training, and the whole history of how Macy's came about.

W and the Myachi master demonstrating some tricks
After the tour, a few of us got some pizza and went to the big Toys R Us in Times Square.  W scoped out the Myachi master and spent almost an hour learning some cool new Myachi moves.  W brought his little video camera and made a cool interview video with the guy - who was more than happy to participate, lol.  It was a great day!

Last weekend we took J to Atlantic City for The Pulse!  It's a huge dance convention with classes taught by the best choreographers in the country.  J and about 15 others from her dance studio spent 2 days dancing with Tyce Diorio, Desmond Richardson, Laurieann Gibson, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Robert Hoffman, Dave Scott, Gil Duldulao, and Brooke Lipton.  It was incredible.  They even got to perform a number in the big showcase - in front of all the famous choreographers!  The highlight for many of these teen girls was meeting the ICONic Boyz, who were there to take the classes too.  Great experience and great weekend.

W's academics this week included:
Least common multiple, reducing fractions, equivalent fractions, factoring, possessive and plural nouns, continents, & reading.

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