The 2015 Dance Recital

If you’ve been reading this blog or getting my posts on facebook, you know that my darling daughter is in dance, which I talk about often enough. This was her fourth year in dance – her second on the competitive team – and it has been so much fun watching her grow and improve as a dancer (and a human being!) She got up on pointe, kicked some butt in tap, and danced away in jazz and musical theater.

As promised, here are the videos from the recital. Most of them were taken during rehearsal where we were allowed to use tripods. However, her solo and trio are from recital, which means her solo and trio were filmed with a handheld since a tripod would have gotten in everyone’s way. Rehearsals were running long and so the preshow dances (the solos, duos, and trios) were run through on the day of recital. The lights weren’t set up and the music was playing over a small radio that was on stage and the girls were still amazing. I am posting darling daughter’s solo run through because 1.) I love it and could watch her dance all of the time 2.) it gives you a chance to hear the taps that sometimes get lost beneath the music. 3.) it’s awesome.

The Hernando’s video is a little off because when it was recorded during the matinee rehearsal, somehow the audio didn’t get recorded (shot gun mike was plugged in but not turned on. Oops.) When it was recorded during the evening, there were a few mishaps but the audio turned out well, albeit with 10 seconds less audio than the earlier video. Also the girls walked on instead of having the curtains open onto them so there are a few “phantom” taps.

It’s My Party (Jazz group)

Dance of the Mirlitons (pointe group)

Hernando’s Hideaway (tap group)

OMG (musical theater group)

Shut Up and Dance (cast – finale)

White and Nerdy (tap trio)

Radioactive (tap solo – rehearsal)

Radioactive (tap solo – recital)

So, I hoped you enjoyed the videos! Every time you buy one of my books, this is what you are supporting and I want to let you know how much I appreciate all of you!! ❤ (The studio is also where I get the majority of my writing in so I want to thank WofD as well!)


2014 Dance recital!

This past weekend was the darling daughter’s dance recital so it was hectic and insane and absolutely brilliant!! This was her third year of dance and her first year on the competitive dance team and she is just loving it, which has a lot to do with her fantastic dance instructors. This year, my dad and second mom made it down for the show and my dad was able to take some amazing videos during rehearsal (when we are allowed the use of flashes and tripods!)  Unsurprisingly, the weekend flew by way too quickly.

The first video is of my daughter’s recreational tap. She didn’t make the tap team last year so I signed her up for rec tap because she loves the art form so much. But then she was offered the opportunity to be a part of an SDX tap trio and she leapt at the chance, taking an extra technique class to boot. In the video, she’s the one in the center with the bun:

The next video is her SDX petite jazz group from rehearsal. Unfortunately, two of the girls were unable to be there but luckily, the talented Lexi (one of the instructors/aides) was able to fill in for one of the dancers.

I did record the recital night performance but the quality isn’t anywhere near as good as my dad’s videos and it was made even worse by not being on a tripod! But I wanted all 5 girls because it is an ADORABLE dance (and won best choreography in one of the competitions!)

Next is the SDX Ballet, though the timing might be slightly off. The microphone doesn’t have any way of indicating whether or not it is turned on and unfortunately, during the filming of this dance it was not turned on. So I spliced the audio from my camera onto the video and it is withing half a beat or so:

Then there is my daughter’s duo. Yes, it was originally a trio but after the first competition the 3rd girl upped and quit so the girls missed the next competition and had to re-work the choreography into a duo. Personally, I LOVE the duo and I think it is so much better than when it had been a trio simply because the two girls play off of each other so very well.

Then there is the SDX girls and cast girls performing a recently learned tap dance. Because it was filmed during rehearsal, there is a small section where the pre-recorded script comes on but the girls keep going and it’s fantastic! It is enjoyable watching tap without any songs because you can hear the tap and really appreciate the amazing talent these girls have! Their instructor is simply amazing and makes tap completely awesome! Plus, she had a baby 2 weeks before recital and tapped right up until the moment she gave birth! 🙂

And the final video is the finale, a dance for the SDX girls and the cast (there is a lot of overlap there.)