First experiences ever being a "real" dance Mom.
Sure, Brenna's been dancing a couple years now, but this is the first year it has gotten serious for us.
Competition season is in full swing.
Last weekend Brenna had her second of four competitions and I must say #2 was much easier on my nerves than the first, BUT for some reason things didn't play off quite as smoothly as the first.
Prior to the first competition I was a wreck. Anxiety THROUGH THE ROOF. As a control freak myself, not knowing what to expect on comp. day was not sitting well with me. I felt very un-prepared and we were still two weeks out from competition. As comp. day drew closer my nerves continued to spiral out of control.
You can read more about this HERE.
I was put as ease about this competition stuff very quickly. Brenna's first competition was FUN! I learned very quickly that my fellow dance Mom's were all just AMAZING. If there was the slightest struggle with anything or any of the dancers, the Mom's were quick to pull together and settle the issue quick.
|Brenna and Jocelyn heading out for their first competition together.|
|All smiles after their second dance and our first competition.|
|Posing for their 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Taylor, who came to watch them perform.|
I admit, I've watched that dumb Dance Mom's show on T.V. and I was really stressed about the possibility of experiencing that sort of cattiness. Though I knew better, those crazy dance mom moments that play out on T.V were still in the back of my mind.
Our group of dancers, Mom's, and teacher's couldn't be any more opposite than that Dance Mom's show.
I learned that we are a family, and that first competition I felt I finally found my place among them all.
Can I just say, I LOVE OUR STUDIO and all the people involved in it. Maybe it's the small town effect, but I must say that every single person is sincerely there for all the right reasons. It doesn't matter which girl shines bright in the spotlight at any given moment... every parent, student, and teacher's heart just swells with pride watching every dancer do their very best.
It's very heart warming.
Anyway, back to the competitions. Last weekend was our second competition. Our studio did AMAZING! Though I had quite the hair fiasco that morning that may have pushed me to tears... the rest of the day went smooth and Just Dance Studio walked away with many first place trophies.
Our little Gems (Brenna's team) walked away with first place trophies for BOTH of their dances AND they both took a platinum ranking. I'm still learning about what all this means myself, but I'm catching on. In case you don't know every dance is scored on a point system. Where your total points fall determines your ranking. The ranks range from Silver to Platinum. Silver being lowest, Platinum being highest. Needless to say, to have both dances rank Platinum was AWESOME! Not only did they take First in their age bracket, they even walked away with a first place overall (which means they scored highest of all dances in that catagory).
|I love this girl SO MUCH!|
|Ready for dance two...|
|Proud Mom, Tired Mom.|
|Dance party on stage.|
I'm so very proud of our girls.
Their team spirit is like none other I have experienced.
These girls truly love each other and LOVE dancing together.
They mesh well, and it shows out their in the spotlight.
This weekend is our third competition.
I'm so excited I can't stand it!
And to think this once made me nervous....