Thursday, June 02, 2011

Dance Recital 2011

Aubrey, Ella & Cali all took dance class this year at the same studio. Aubrey & Ella did a hip hop class together(so fun for them!) and Cali did a pre-combo class that included ballet, tap & gymnastics(so cute!). All three of them did so great this year! I saw big strides in confidence in all three of them. We never knew Aubrey had the moves she has!(shes good and seriously has rhythm!!) Ella loves to move, is always smiling and looks like she is having a great time. And Cali(who wouldn't leave my side this time last summer) now has no problem being with other people and dancing her little heart out in front of a group. So proud!! This was her first year doing it. They had their big Spring Recital last weekend. Not only were they 3 of the cutest girls on stage, but they did their routines so well! Here are some pics of their big day. .

Pre-show pics

Gotta love Cali. . .

Here is Cali with her cute little class before the show. I just LOVED their costumes! We had the girls at a different studio this year and the costumes were so much better! I was much happier here. The staff was great too, they truly loved the kids and their jobs! Cali had Ms. Ann who she adored. (I'm sad I don't have a picture of her though!) It was a struggle every Tuesday morning to get her pumped for class(she never wanted to put her tights on!), but once she was there, she loved it.

Cali and her buddy Brooke. It was nice for Cali to have a little friend in her class!

So these next few pics are actually of the rehearsal. We decided to only video and take pics during the rehearsal, so we could sit back and enjoy the show this year. Loved it that way. I hate when I'm videoing and I feel like I truly didn't get to watch it in the moment. Plus, its against the rules to video during the show(but we just haven't followed the rules in the past:)

Yes, Cali is the one trying to distract her friend Brooke in the middle of the song:) lol. Thanks Emily for letting me steal this picture from you.

Cali's costume had this black velvet that she liked to rub in the front:) I don't have any great pictures of her actually dancing because my camera starting acting up. And I plan to upload videos but in case I don't, go to my friend Emily's blog for a video clip of Cali's dance!
And here are pics of the older girls during their routine. They looked so grown up and "hip" :)

Taking a bow in the finale(this is from the actual performance night)
Aubrey & Ella with their friend Courtney after the show(holding their flowers from Daddy). I was so grateful to Courtney's mom this year-she took them for me each Tuesday evening. She had signed Courtney up first and Courtney wanted Aubrey to do it with her. I wasn't sure if I could swing taking them at that time of day so I told her I wasn't sure about it. Sheri said not to worry about it-she would just take them with her daughter, she was doing it anyways. I owe her big! It saved my life with just having had Ammon back when they started in September. I would've had to tote both little kids with me right at dinner time/Ammon's nap time. Still trying to figure out how to repay her for that! She made my life so much easier this year and I'm grateful.
Cali and her beloved trophy. All year long she talked about getting this trophy. She was so excited about it! I had to use the "you'll get a trophy if you dance really good!" line several times when she was at dance class and starting to lose interest and run around(she has a hard time focusing sometimes:) She hung in there and did great! And with every class, she did better. This really helped her learn to follow directions and listen better. She deserved this trophy-she worked hard for it!

Afterwards we went with our friends to a Chinese buffet where the kids had a blast hanging out with each other and stuffing their faces with desserts(their meal was probably more dessert than "meal" :) It was a fun evening celebrating our girls and their accomplishments!


Grammy Staffy said...

Ahhh..... what fun and what darling pictures. My Lynell teaches your girl's age groups at a Dance Academy in Utah. Too bad your girls aren't in my Nelly's class. I know she would love having them.... and I think they would love having her for a teacher too. I am just a proud mom, like you, but I think my gal is darling too. I love watching her teach her dance classes.... and her classes usually win first place. It is so fun watching little ones dance. I wish that I could have been there to watch your darling girls. Thanks for sharing with us. Many hugs, Grammy L

Marie Rayner said...

Love, Love, LOVE your adorable little dancers Holly!! What style! What charm! What cuteness!! You are so lucky to be able to do this with your girls. I would have loved to put mine into dance lessons. There is nothing sweeter than watching little girls dance. I think yours are the sweetest of all! Loved the video too! xxoo

-Melissa- said...

Looks like they had a fun time dancing. They look so cute!

Rick said...

Really cute.. they all look like such great friends. Wonderful memories.. you are a great mom Holly. Love you all. Grand Pa.

Emily said...

Darn it! I should have told Brooke she only got the trophy if she danced good. I just convinced her to want to go becaue of the trophy. Love the pics. that is awesome you were able to keep Ammon out even after the show. I can't do that night stuff with Will, he just melts down. your kids are awesome, and beautiful!

Cynthia said...

Yeah they are all so cute and fit their particular classes very well. I love the costumes too cute. Sounds like everyone had a great time sorry we missed it.

ACDC2005 said...

They are so precious and they look so cute in their outfits! Looks like they had so much fun! I'm sure you are so proud watching them!