Monday, August 26, 2013

YMCA Gymnastics Summer Camp Showcase

Last week I once again helped teach the YMCA gymnastics camp. I taught with the other gymnastics teacher Miss Nicole. This camp was for older students and focused on development of the gymnatics skills and mastery of a floor routine. We had 14 great kids that worked very hard each day! I am so proud of them! Great job kiddos!

At the end of the week, we taught the students a floor routine to perform for their families. We taught one routine to the girls (splitting them up into two groups) and one routine for our only boy Zach. Nicole choreographed both routines and I do have to say that she did a wonderful job! The music was just right and both routines were so cute! We performed the three routines for their families Friday. All of our students were sooooooooooooooo nervous, but they did so well regardless! Miss Nicole and I are so very proud of them!

I just need to take a moment to applaud our only boy gymnast, Zach. He performed his routine alone and even though he was super nervous like the girls, he did fantastic! My favorite part of his routine is his Tuck Dive! He looked like a little ninja! Great job Zach and great job girls! I am so proud of all of you! Love you all! Hope to see you in class this Fall!

I cannot wait for my dance classes to start next month! I will be teaching seven classes this Fall and I hope to expand my classes in the winter as well! I am so excited to meet my students and to inspire them in the art of dance. Plus, this will be Alan's first year of dance too! I am such a mom, but this makes my year even better!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Montana Fair 2013

We usually go to the Montana Fair a lot more in the summer, at least two times in the week that its here, but not this year. We were busy with Diversity's Summer Intensive and with work. The only time we really went was Saturday night with my parents and Aunt Nat and Uncle Jake. Lon and I did not get to spend that much time at the fair though because of the Offspring concert. I was very glad that my mom and Aunt April invited us to go with them Saturday night.

The original plan was to go to the Wreckingclowns performance and rodeo first, then the rides and everything else. The Wreckingclowns are a local hip hop dance crew I have been following online recently led by a great teacher, Mister Jeff. Most of his students come from low income families and from hard lives, yet they use hip hop dance as their escape. And let me tell you, these kids are AMAZING! I have never seen a more dedicated group of dancers, these kids are so respectful and passionate. Jeff, you truly are doing great work everyday! Bless you man!

We watched the Wreckingclown's killer performance (even Anna was into it) and had a quick dinner afterwards. However, Alan decided that he didn't want to go to the rodeo and that he just wanted to go on some rides, so we bought them a bunch of tickets. I think they went on about 15 rides, Alan did at least! Anna probably only rode on about five or six rides but she loved riding around in her stroller with Grandma Melanie, just looking at everything. There is so much to look at when you are at the fair!
We even ran into Lisa, Theo and Tessandra again! Theo was happy to see Alan again and enjoyed meeting Anna for the first time. He was quite proud that Alan did so well in ballet at the dance workshop. And Tessandra was glad that she was able to meet my kids as well. Aunt April was so upset that she didn't catch up with them though lol. I guess we were supposed to hold onto them or something! Silly girl!

Here are some photos from our night at the fair. We had such a great time!

This week I have been helping teach the YMCA gymnastics camp with Miss Nicole. We have been working with girls and boys ages 7 to 10 years old. They are a great group of kids! Friday we will be doing a mini performance for their parents, we will be showing a floor routine and then showing what we have learned in camp. I am excited! I have never choreographed a gymnastics floor routine before, this is a wonderful new experience for me!

Monday, August 19, 2013

The YMCA Summer Dance Workshop

Our first dance workshop was very successful! My sister, sister-in-law and son participated as well as a handful of other girls! We had 12 students total I believe! Way more then we had originally thought! Class went very well too, the students learned six different styles of dance. They were all tired and happy at the end of it all! Great first workshop!

Having not taken ballet classes in over five years, I had forgotten about the sacred rule about new shoes: you should never were them brand spanking new to a class, your feet will hate you. Dance shoes take prep, lots of them are hard or stiff brand new and some may need some minor sewing done before use. I had purchased new ballet shoes and a leotard for my upcoming lyrical class this Fall, but spaced breaking them in before the workshop. I forgot to sew the elastics and ended up tying them underneath my arches. OUCHIE!!! It hurt so good! I have definitely broken them in since then. But man, that two hours I had to wear them STUNK!

We started with Miss Alice's Ballet class, where we were a pretty garden and did some barre work. Then we had my Lyrical class, where we learned a dance to Christina Aguleira's Beautiful. After Lyrical we had Miss Jenna's Jazz class, where we danced to birdy music from the movie Rio and learned to "shake it out" thanks to the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Remix. I taught my Hip Hop class next, where we learned a Michael Jackson combination to Black or White that the kids loved! We then had Miss Jenna's Tap class, where the students learned the shuffle and flap steps. We also learned a cute little tap combo that I loved! We finished off the workshop with my Breakdancing class, where I taught them two toprock moves, one downrock move and a freeze.

Alan participated in the Ballet class and part of my Lyrical class. He did very well in the ballet class! He even impressed Miss Alice! I accredit some of this to Theo's mini ballet class on Friday! Good job Alan, I think you will do great in my hip hop class this Fall! Make me proud big guy lol!
I am a complete dork and didn't have anyone take a single picture of me teaching, once AGAIN!! But I did get a few from Miss Jenna's classes that I bet she won't mind me posting! And an awesome group photo too! Here they are!

Miss Jenna teaching the students her Rio combination. Fly, little birdies!

Tapping in a big circle with Miss Jenna!

Tapping on the barre with Miss Jenna! So much fun!

I want to thank everyone who helped make this workshop happen: Miss Alice, Miss Jenna, our director Mindy, the Y staff, our lovely students and their amazing parents. Thank you guys for making this so succesful for us! We will definitely be doing a Fall workshop and hope to see you all in class this Fall! Here is our group photo, only missing Aunt April, Alan and Miss Alice!

Tune in tomorrow to hear how our last day at the Montana Fair went! The kids and I had a great time, even though Alan decided he didn't want to go to the rodeo this year. It was still Anna's first time riding on the carnival rides!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Meeting Mister Theo

Aunt April had practice with her elite company and Theo this afternoon. He is choreographing a group piece for competition later this year. We stopped by to see the progress of the piece and Alan came with us to meet Theo. The company had just finished learning all the choreography and we were able to watch the performance once. I won't give away the exact song but its to a Florence and the Machines song. Love, love, love it! Once again, Theo impresses us all! Beautiful and stunning!

Once practice was over, I introduced Theo to Alan. He was shy at first but he warmed up after Theo told him he had the coolest glasses and that he wanted them. Alan then showed Theo his moves and jabbered about everything under the sun lol. Love him so much! Theo even held a quick impromptu ballet class with Alan, teaching him his first position and demi plies. Alan definitely impressed him! :) I love it, I had a major mommy moment then lol!

Here are some photos from Alan and Theo's first meeting! I think that Alan cannot wait until he is old enough to start the summer intensive! Theo and him are great buds now! :)

Here's Theo, with April's dance buddy Shania, talking to Alan

Tickles from Theo!

We probably will not go to the Fair tonight but we are planning on going tomorrow after the workshop. My mom and I are way too exhausted from this week lol! Tune in Monday to see how our whole weekend went! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I cannot wait for my workshop tomorrow!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Diversity Dance Summer Intensive

I had such a fantastic time at Diversity's Summer Intensive this week! I am so thankful for the oppurtunity to observe classes of professional choreographers. Those choreographers have taught me so much about dance and teaching and motivation. I am so endlessly grateful for them! It has completely prepared me for my dance workshop this weekend and for my dance classes this Fall. Thank you to Lisa, Amantha, Ambrose, Theo, Tessandra and Taryn! You are all wonderful!

I was able to take two classes with Ambrose this week. He is Sophia Lucia's (Youtube and Dance Moms) personal mentor, an amazing dancer and an award-winning choreographer. Let me tell you, Ambrose is amazing with kids and is one of the best motivators that I have ever met! He can even convince the quietest student in the class to shine brighter then the brightest star! He convinced an entire class of whiny girls to do 25 push ups! And they were happy and proud of themselves afterwards! What a wonderful dance teacher he is! I took so many valuable notes in his class! There is a REASON Miss Sophia Lucia is so phenomenal lol! Thank you Ambrose for everything you have taught me! I love you, you are so wonderful! I hope to take class from you again soon!

Alan was able to meet Ambrose today after class. He was shy at first, but eventually was talking his ear off and showing him all of his cool moves. He even started competing with the director's daughter for Ambrose's attention! I love it! :) Anna showed off her new walking skills for everyone too. April went in to dance with her class and Anna walked across the whole lobby to get to her! It was so awesome!

I was especially lucky to take three classes from Theo this week. Theo is a former premire soloist for the Unity Dance Company and also an award-winning choreographer. He has worked with Diversity since the beginning. I love Theo, my baby sister April has taken classes with him for a while now too and he is one of those perfect fit choreographers for her I think. I very much enjoyed taking class from him, his main focus was "Dancers being respectful and professional," which I just love. He reminds his students to address him as Mister and reminds them that class is only preparation for performance. I took almost as many notes in his class as I did in Ambrose's classes. Theo also showed me two awesome strength training games. Love it! Thank you so much for everything Theo, you truly are an awesome dancer, teacher and person. Love you so much, man! I hope to see you next year!

I was also able to take two classes from Tessandra, one with Level 1 and one with Level 2. She was the only teacher I was able to do that with! :) Tessandra is a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and China's version of Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing. She started her dance company, Unity Dance Ensemble, when she was only 15 years old! Tessandra is an amazing dancer, teacher and choreographer! Tessandra has worked with Tracy's School of Dance and Diversity Dance for years now. I even travelled to San Diego with my company to take classes from her my senior year! She is definitely worth it!

Admittedly, I did not take as many notes in Tessandra's classes. What she taught me is hard to put down on paper. I struggle to explain it once again on here. But what she has taught me this week is about focus and energies and discipline. Very priceless things for a dancer and dance teacher. I loved her classes too! She even benefited from my observations, as I helped her as a teaching example for her youngest students. I am glad it was mutually beneficial for the both of us! Thanks again Tessandra! You are an amazing woman! I love you! I hope to take classes from you again soon!

I was really blessed to take a tap class from my old tap teacher Taryn. I used to take tap from Taryn at Tracy's Schoold of Dance. Taryn inspired me to love tap as a young girl! I owe her so much! She is an amazing dancer too! Her portfolio includes but is not limited to choreographing for The Miss America-Montana Division, as well as the founder and comissioner for the Big Sky State Games Dance Category. She also has experience teaching Zumba, Bongo and Street exercise class. However, I think that Miss Taryn is most famous for her advanced tapping! She is a phenomenal tapper, could be on Stomp if she wanted to!

I took mostly tap notes in Taryn's class, which will help Miss Jenna out with her classes and they will help me when I sub Miss Jenna's tap classes. Really, I took this last class for ME. In this day and age, I don't do a lot of stuff just for me, its usually for my kids or job or my husband. And don't get me wrong, I love doing stuff for my family. But its nice to make just me happy sometimes too. And tapping with Taryn again made me sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy! I loved every second of it, man I forgot how much I missed tap! Taryn reminded me lol! :) Thanks Taryn for teaching me and making my soul happy! I hope that I will be seeing you around the studio a lot more now. I love you so much!

Alan and Anna have yet to meet Theo and Tessandra, I hope to set up a meeting sometime before they leave. Maybe tomorrow! Tomorrow we should also be going to the Fair, if not Saturday. Speaking of Saturday, that's our first dance workshop! I am so excited! Tune in Monday to see how everything went.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Our Weekend with Our Nephew

We had one of the best weekends ever this past weekend! My sister and her family came down from Missoula for the Montana Fair and to visit family. My mom and I threw her and Benton a Welcoming Shower on Saturday too. I also helped babysit him for the first time ever and loved every minute of it! Alan and Anna love their new baby cousin too! Even Lon was able to meet him! It was a good weekend for us.

Saturday, we had two of the three grandparents on my side of the family over at my parent's house for Benton's Welcoming Shower. My mom made pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches for lunch and we made sure to take lots of family photos. Both sets of great grandparents met Benton for the first time, it was such a special moment for everyone. Plus, they were able to also enjoy Alan and Anna's company. They were all very happy about it!

Anna was quite shy the whole time, and had to snuggle with Mama or Aunt April. She eventually started warming up to everyone but still would only allow someone to hold her for a few minutes at a time! Silly girl! However, she did show off her newly learned walking skills and took around four steps at a time! Good job Anna!

Lon and I also went on our date Saturday night. We went to the Offspring concert at the Fair, while the kids went on the rides with Aunt Natalie, Uncle Jake and my parents. It was a great night for everyone!
Anna went on her first ride ever, a Monster Truck ride with Mama and Alan. She was a little concerned during the ride and didn't like that she couldn't sit in my lap lol, but she enjoyed it overall. Lon and I had a great time at the concert. I guess in my old age (lol) I had forgotten how much I like Offspring and how I really know all the words to their songs. We had the best time! Ran into a few friends from both of our jobs and an old friend of Natalie's. And I danced my booty off! Seriously forgot how much I LOVE Offspring. Man!

My phone died at the fair so the only photo I took from the whole night was one of Anna on the camera. I will try to get that one on here soon, but here is one Aunt Natalie took of Alan and the boys at the Fair while we were at the concert. Silly guys, you can tell we are Montana!

Sunday morning, we all met up at Denny's for brunch before Nat and Jake had to leave town. The kids and I all sat at a table and Nat, Jake and my parents sat next to us. I had a spinach and pico de gallo omelet and Alan had a whole Junior Grand Slam to himself! We were quite proud of him!

I am so happy that my sister was able to bring her whole new family down to see everyone this weekend. Baby Benton will be a month old in a few days and for the first few months, every moment spent with him is so special for all of us to share with him. I am so blessed to call him my aunt, he is already such an amazing young boy. I love him so much, and enjoyed every second I spent with him. He is just so perfect and precious. Love you Baby boy! Natalie, I hope you three had as good of a time as we did. We love you guys and hope to see you again soon!

Here are some priceless pictures of us at the brunch. I love my family so much! Don't mind my ugly eyes in the first photo, I only had 4 hours of sleep lol!

Anna has officially made it her duty to start walking this week. Today she has really been trying to stand up for longer then normal and will even try to get a few steps in there. So far she has taken up to five steps before falling to her butt! Big girl! I can't for the life of me seem to get a picture of her walking but here is the first good picture I have gotten of her standing. Keep it up Miss Anna! You'll be dancing in no time!

This week I will be training to prepare for fall classes with Aunt April's dance studio, Diversity Dance. They are having famous choreographers flown in for their summer dance intensive. I will be taking classes from Ambrose Respicio (Youtube's Sophia Lucia's personal dance mentor), Theo Ivey (award winning choreographer and former premire soloist for Unity Dance Company), Tessandra Chavez (So You Think You Can Dance choreographer) and Taryn Struck (one of my all time favorite old tap teachers, she inspired me to love tap!) Monday through Thursday this week. I will be dancing about three hours a day, kicking my butt into gear. I am so excited! I love this studio, love these girls, love the teachers, love all of Diversity!

I also got my class schedule for the fall. I will be teaching five different classes! I will be teaching Beginner Hip Hop, Hip Hop 1, Breakdancing, Boy's Hip Hop and Lyrical. That is like seven hours of dance every week! I am so lucky!!

For those interested, classes are as follows:

Beginner Hip Hop every Wednesday from 3-3:45 pm

Hip Hop 1 every Wednesday from 6:20-7:20 pm or every Saturday from 10:10-11:10 am

Breakdancing every Wednesday from 5:10-6:10 pm or every Saturday from 11:20 am-12:20 pm

Hip Hop Boys every Wednesday from 4-5 pm

Lyrical every Tuesday from 6:20-7:20 pm

Tune in at the end of this week to see how my class went! I am done with the first two classes and am already soooooooooo exhausted. And beat too... definitely worth it!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Meeting Cousin Benton!!

Aunt Natalie, Uncle Jake an Benton came into town yesterday from Missoula! We were so excited to finally meet Baby Benton! I was especially excited to help babysit Benton with my mom while Nat and Jake went on their anniversary date. We had a great night!

Alan and his robot finger are ready to meet Benton!

Anna was quite excited to go meet Benton too! However, she admittedly was more excited to get out of her stuffy car seat lol.

I loved holding him and giving his sweet forehead kisses and talking to him and telling him stories and feeding him a bottle and showing him to my own children. I am so "that Aunt" and just enjoyed loving everything about him. He is still so tiny but is soooooooooo adorable. He reminds me a lot of Alan but I can definitely tell that he is my sister's kid. And he looks just like his dad. Oh I love him so much already!

It took some time for him to warm up to Benton, but Alan eventually was his best big buddy. He would sit with my mom and I while we held Benton. Alan would lightly touch Benton's hand or kiss his forehead. He really likes his baby cousin. It was the sweetest thing ever! Anna was interested in him for the most part but always got distracted by someone else after a bit.

Then when she became tired and was ready for bed, she started being jealous of Benton sitting in Grandma Melanie's lap. She refused to share (even though he did not mind, of course lol). And when Benton had a bottle? Give me a break, it might as well have been the rudest thing in her eyes lol. She is so silly. :) She threw herself on the ground crying after Grandma wouldn't let her steal Benton's bottle. This is some serious baby cousin drama going on here! I had to convince her that the sipper and I were okay enough for her. Once she was convinced, she fell right asleep!

Oh my silly girl, she is too much like her Aunts and Uncles and Mama! :P I wasn't able to get any photos with Benton, Grandma and her all together but I am making it a photographer's duty to get a photo of the two of them together. And a cousins photo too! :) I must!!

I helped babysit Benton for 3 and a half hours last night! It was so much fun! I cannot wait for this afternoon! We are throwing Benton a Welcoming Party at my parent's house. Then we will be taking the kids to the State Fair to ride the rides and visit the farm animals. I told Alan about this for the first time this morning and he won't stop talking about it! He loves the fair, he is so excited! I can only imagine Anna will enjoy it too. There is so much going on at the fair!

Lon and I will finally be going on a date tonight too! My mom is going to watch the kids for us too! We are going to the Offspring concert, soooooooooo highschool for us lol. Chevelle is opening for them too, I'm sure we will be the ones in the crowd only wanting to hear all the classics lol! We feel so old! :P This will also be our first date since our anniversary date in April. We went on one lunch date with friends in July, but I don't count that lol! :P I am quite excited! It should be lots of fun, I need to find my old favorite pair of jeans!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Anna Ariel: 13 Months Old

Time goes by so quickly. Benton is almost a month old now and a few days ago Anna turned 13 months old. We have yet to even get her year old photos taken lol! Oops! We seem to be late on everything with our girl. Oh well... she doesn't need to be on time, just on her time. :) So I will go ahead and update you all on her, since I didn't really do that when she turned one. Or did I? I can't actually remember. How lame is that? Oh mommy brain!

At thirteen months, Anna Ariel:

*is approximitely 21 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long.

*has reddish brown shoulder length hair with one big orange streak in it. Her hair is beautiful! And finally long enough for pigtails and ponytails! Yay!

*has gray blue eyes with a dark navy ring around the edge. Not sure if her eyes will change to hazel like Lon and Alan's or if they will stay blue like mine.

*wears Size 12M or 18M in shirts and 12M in shorts. She is in Size 3 diapers. And she just started wearing shoes this past month! She's in size 6-9M in those surprisingly! Tiny ballet feet!

*still has only two teeth, although she is constantly teething. The baltic amber necklace has done WONDERS for us though! No Tylenol or Ibuprofen since! I hate taking unnatural medicine and I really dislike giving it to my children. This is such a better natural option! I am so grateful for it!

*eats what we do at this point. She has what we have for lunch and dinner, I just cut it into small bite sizes for her. She is a great chewer though and loves her fruits and veggies! Lon and I call her our little monkey because of how she eats! Love it!

*has been breastfeeding for 13 months now. This is way longer then Alan and honestly way longer then I had planned. I am surprised that I made it this long and proud of myself! :) With that I must say though, now that we have figured out this teething issue, I may start weaning again. I have slowly started to, I still nurse her 2-3 times a day but I have cut it down to about ten minutes on each side each time. That's progress right? :P I am glad I have gone this long but I am ready for a break! I know that I will miss it like crazy though when we are done!

*is mostly a crawler still. She will stand occassionally and likes to cruise while holding onto things but has yet to figure out walking entirely on her own. She is really into dance, Mommy and Aunt April right now, so the other day I jokingly told her that she can start dance in roughly five months (at 18 months) if she started walking. She smiled at me and plopped to her bottom lol. So much for that one!

*sleeps pretty well right now. Naps have almost become non-existent in our household unfortunately but Anna will sleep from about 9 or 10 pm until about 6 or 7 in the morning. Somedays, I will be lucky if I can get her to nap for more then an hour. But most days she fights me forever and then sleeps for mayber 30 minutes. Blah, baby steps. Hopefully when teething stops and I successfully wean her, we can get naps more consistent.

*can say, "Mama, Dada, Boba (Bottle), BruhBruh (Brother), No, Eat, Hi, ByeBye, and Boo" She is also quite the little parrot when it comes to mimicking words we say! She will be talking in full sentences like Alan here soon!

*likes food, singing, Princess Sophia, her family, clothes, Baby Benton, dance, pink and purple and rainbows, Aunt April, animals, going to daycare, Aunt Ariel, books, her hair to be done, her toys, her brother's toys, her lovies, Mom's cellphone, Minnie Mouse, Dora, and just being herself! She is a typical girl already and one just like her Mama! This make my heart very happy!

Happy thirteen month birth anniversary Anna Ariel! Mama, Daddy and Alan love you so much!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Dance Showcase 2013 featuring the fabulous Jasmine Harper!!

I had my summer showcase and pizza party last night. Both classes performed so well and made me so proud! I even had a HUGE turn out for my older girl's class, I was definitely not expecting that many people! Thanks everyone for coming! And to my students: good job guys!

I only had two kids show up for my younger class but they both still did a wonderful job. We danced to Smooth Criminal, Happy and You Know It, and of course the finale YMCA. They are both pretty little, so there was a lot of standing there frozen. :) It was quite cute! I loved little dancers! They did dance some and even performed the moves I had taught them over the summer! I am very proud of my little BBoy and BGirl! Good job guys! Hope to see you again this fall!

Love how the little girl wanted to hold my hand. They are both such sweet kids!

So I have to share this little bit of dancer nerd in me for you all! Jasmine Harper, my favorite top 10 dancer in SYTYCD, posted a photo on her instagram Tuesday night after the show. I commented and mentioned how much I liked her on the show and how my students would be performing the following night. She instantly responded, saying, "Aww tell them I wish them good luck:) and to have fun! @jillianjandersen" I almost freaked out a little bit myself lol.

I told my older girls and they ACTUALLY freaked out lol, like falling to the floor and screaming. Like girls do. :) They decided that they would do their best, not only for their family members but for Miss Jasmine Harper from SYTYCD! And they performed very well! Like I mentioned above, I had a waaaaaaaaaaay bigger crowd then I thought I would have had, apparently my hip hop class is quite popular. Yay! This makes me happy! The girls did not seem to mind our large audience and still rocked each dance! They danced to As Long As You Love Me, Cha Cha Slide, and of course the finale YMCA. Great job girlies! You make me (and Jasmine Harper) very proud!

My girls specifically wanted to take this FIERCE photo for Miss Jasmine Harper. I'm sure she'll love it!

Most of us met up at the Village Inn for a pizza party after the showcase. My mom and younger siblings brought Alan and Anna as well. We all hung out, had pizza, played in the mini arcade and just enjoyed our time together. The pizza party was also very successful for us, I wanted it to be a nice little reception where we could all enjoy the community we had. And that's exactly what we did!

My students got me roses! I love that they got me the same thing I had gotten them for their showcase! Every dancer (and dance teacher) needs at least one rose for every performance!

Wednesday night was a wonderful way to end my summer hip hop session. All of my students did their best and made me the proudest hip hop teacher around! Then we all enjoyed pizza and each other's company! The perfect night! Thank you to everyone who made it possible for us! I love all of you! Hope to see you this fall in class!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dance Photographs

Aunt April and I met up at Pioneer Park this past Sunday to take some promotional dance photos for our upcoming workshop. I haven't taken dance photos in forever and I was really excited! We took jazz, lyrical, pointe, breakdancing and hip hop photos. It was fun taking them in the park on a nice summer day, the park was busy and we became quite popular fast lol. We had Aunt Ariel, Uncle Kalvin and Alan with us for comic relief (really so they could play lol). It was all pretty fun but it sure was hot out! Yuck!

Here are the photos we took on my phone. I have a few more on my camera I will try to post later.

Here are the edited versions of the above photos. I really like my hip hop reflections photo! Yes, it turned out pretty cool looking!

Here is my promotional photo for the workshop. For those interested, our workshop is August 17 from 1-4 pm. There will be jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, break dancing and a NEW exercise program for dancers called Oula! Only $40 for 3 hours! If you would like more information, message me at

Tomorrow is my hip hop showcase!! I am so excited, I have only a few more things to prep before tomorrow. I will be up all night preparing dance programs but it will be worth it! Stay tuned Thursday to see how it all went! These kids will rock it!