Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hi, sorry I haven't posted in a while. My big baby sitting job went well as far as 3 and 5 year old kids go. But more exciting news - I got into the Senior Company at my dance studio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I auditioned last night, and I did well until my teacher taught us this killer jazz routine, it was fun and super fast, and nearly impossible to learn in five minutes. I was amazingly happy when my teacher told me tonight. I felt like I could run around and scream, but I held it in. I am so happy!!!

If you are familiar with the show "So You Think You Can Dance", (by the way, the tour tickets were sold out, so I can't go to the tour) you may be familiar with the amazing choreographer Mia Michaels. Well, my dance teacher went to a convention recently, and Mia taught a class! They learned a contemporary routine, and my dance teacher taught it to us tonight!!! It is the most amazing thing I ever learned. Surprisingly, it came really natural to me, and I felt pretty comfortable with it. It was an amazing routine.

Friday, July 28, 2006

I got offered a big, huge babysitting job!!! The first week of August, I am going with a family from my church to a big music festival for a week to help watch their two kids. It's a long time, I've never been away from home (by myself) so long before. I'm a bit nervous, too.

The top 10 contestants of "So You Think You Can Dance" are going on tour, and are coming to Boston, MA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I am going with some people from my dance studio, my mom, and my Grama!!! I am sooooo excited. I could never see the show live because I live in New Hampshire, and that would be a long plane ride to LA just to see a one or two hour show. I am sooooooooo happy that I finally get to see them live! I hope Benji and Heidi do their Mambo again.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Hi! Sorry I haven't posted in a while! Been kinda busy. My friend who moved to China came back to visit for a few days for the Fourth of July! It was fun to see her again. We had some amazing fireworks. And I took pictures of them. There is a fireworks setting on my camera, so I thought I'd test it out, and it worked! They came out really well. Also I have been watching "So You Think You Can Dance". I love that show. I am glad that nobody has cried during their Lyrical class, though Benji came close to that when he broke down when Mary told him he was on the top 20. Ha ha. For those of you who haven't been watching the show, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. I kind of feel that way when people talk about "American Idol" because I don't watch it (we don't have cable, but my Grama, who does have cable, records "Dance" for me). That is pretty much it! Hopefully I'll remember to do a post tomorrow. I'm trying to get into the groove of doing regular posts.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sunday was my birthday!!!!! The big 1-4! (14, or fourteen) My parents gave me a nice digital camera, and I got a ton of cash!$!$ That was really fun. Also my little brother gave me an iTunes gift certificate. And kind of for my birthday, my mom gave me and my Grama tickets to go see Grease! We have a summer stock theatre in town that's in an old barn. It was amazing. The best scene was the "Beauty School Drop Out". The teen angel's voice was incredible. He had a HUGE vocal range - he could probably sing higher than most girls and still sound great, and sing really low, too. It was so good.

We are going camping this weekend! We are going some place in the White Mountains. We got a tent a while ago that we never used that we are going to try out. We built it today to so that we wouldn't get there tomorrow and spend hours trying to build this tent at the camp site. It's better to look silly in your backyard than in a public camp ground. We managed to build it pretty painlessly, and it's a really cool tent. It's huge! The tent part can fit 7 people, and also there is a screen room. I can't wait!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been kinda busy with my 5 dance recitals (which went very well) and I'm trying to get a bunch of school done. We are still doing some school during the summer. Bleah. But we didn't get a lot done this school year because of the addition on our house and we took a whole month off at Christmas - yay! But hopefully I'll get enough done to pass the 8th grade! Oh! Another exciting thing is my dad and I have started a new website RandomiPod.org. We are fighting against pseudo-random iPods. I'm sure that those of you who have an iPod will have experienced that when you put your songs on shuffle, some songs seem to play a lot while others go un-listened to. It's very sad, so we have to do something about it. Now understand that the site is still under construction, so there's not a lot there yet, but we're working on it!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I don't know what my disease is...Oh well. Not a whole lot has been going on lately, we finally have summer weather! And my birthday is coming up really soon. Oh, I found something slightly interesting to write about. My dance recital is this weekend, and I am in 5 shows - one on Friday, two on Saturday, and two on Sunday. Not to mention the three dress rehearsals this week! It's crazy! Then summer dance classes start up two weeks after the recital. Also we are doing school during the summer. We go on a lighter schedule my mom calls our "summer schedule", that consists of math, grammar, and maybe some science and history and spelling. Hmmmmm, sounds kinda like a regular school day to me!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The other variety show at the highschool went well. But right after that, I came down with a cold! How fun. And I thougt the "sick" season was over. Also, we have been getting a ton of rain since the end of last week. A bunch of people have had a bunch of flooding. We even got a few puddles in our garage, which is kind of weird because we live on the top of a hill. The rivers are over flowing, some people who have houses that are close to lakes had to evacuate. Even some of the woods have a ton of water in them - it looks like trees and bushes grew out of the middle of a pond. Some of the roads are torn up, it looks like a tornado hit them. It's pretty wild. It's been a long time since we had this much rain.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Last night I participated in the local highschool's variety show. Most of the girls in Junior Company go there, and they wanted me to do our dance with them. The variety show is interesting. There's some singing, dancing, the robotics team shows off their cool robot, and a couple of hilarious skits. There's one called American Icon, and guess what it's spinning a play on? (In case you haven't guessed, American Idol) That one was funny. Also, there was one called Team Awesome. That one is so weird, and so funny... If I try to say how funny it is, I will fail bitterly. Team Awesome is about two people (the characters are Raven from That's So Raven, and Harry Potter) who save the world. Then there's Hitler (who apparently faked his own death) and his stupid assistant who steal John Lennon's mail ordered brides to take over the world. And John Lennon shows up too. But using Harry's magical skills, and Raven's psychic powers, they are able to stop them. The finale of this skit ends up with the cast (which is about ten people) randomly singing "My Heart Will Go On." That was the funniest thing I have ever seen. These ten people pretending to be great love-song singers, and they were really bad, it was hilarious. There's another variety show tonight, so I can't wait to see it again.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Our last competition went really well. One girl in Senior Company couldn't dance because she hurt her ankle really bad. But she was able to dance in Battle for the Pirates Treasure, which was good because it got a Platinum and 1st place overall production!!!!!! The Junior Company dance got a Gold, but tons of people (even people from different studios) said we should have gotten a Platinum. It was fun and a good end to this competition season. It's kind of a relief, but now we have the recital to stress about. After that, I don't want to use fake eyelashes or spritz a bottle of hairspray for a very long time.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The strangest thing happened on Sunday. The church decided to have a late Easter egg hunt for the younger kids. I helped this adorable 3 year old. It was so funny when she found an egg, her face would light up, and she would gasp really big. Anyway, she was opening her eggs, and most of them had what you would expect in them - candy, chocolate, etc. But guess what was in the other ones? Onions. Little onions. Some of the kids were so upset because all they got were onions. There were onions scattered all over the ground by the betrayed children. I decided to get to the bottom of this madness. Turns out my little brothers were a part of it - no surprise. Also two other boys who came up with the smelly plot. It would have been funny, but 2-5 year olds don't really get it.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Since I'm an Orthodox Christian, and our Easter was a week later this year, we just had our Easter. And the week leading up to Easter is really intense - two services a day every day. Then, late on Saturday, we go to church just before midnight, and we have a midnight service. And you don't get home until around 5:00 a.m. So the sun is almost up by then, which only makes it harder to sleep. It's a little stressful, but fun. I always look forward to that day because of all the great food.

Tonight was probably the most tedious dance lesson ever. Actually you can't really call it a dance lesson, because we had a photographer come in and take pictures of the different classes posing in their costumes. It was really hectic. They would take your picture, then you would have to run, change your tights and costumes in a crowded room with barely any time. Wow, that almost sounds like a competition! Except they're not taking your picture and you're really nervous.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

I had another dance competition last weekend. We did pretty well - both of the numbers I was in got a High Gold (which is the highest award you can get). So it was fun. Nothing really interesting happened, nobody fell off the stage, or threw up on it. We did see some rude people, though. Two of our props are an inflatable boat on wheels, and a very fragile paper mache rock. We caught several people playing and jumping around in the boat, and people practically sitting on the rock. When my dance teacher saw two girls (older girls, not little kids) sitting in the boat and playing around in it, she asked them nicely to get out. But wait, it gets better. They went over to their group (about 10 feet away from where my dance teacher was standing) and started saying pretty loudly how mean she was to make them get out of her boat. My dance teacher says that it's an unwritten law at competitions that you don't touch other people's stuff. 'Cause you don't know how long it took to make it, or how expensive it was, and most importantly, it doesn't belong to you. Hopefully we won't run into that at our next competition.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The competition was awesome! The girl with the injured knee healed in time to dance, so that was good. There was a couple of dramas (that fortunately didn't have to do with us). There was this dance where the dancers were blind folded. And guess what happens when you're blind folded? You fall off the stage! Yes, this girl fell off the stage. She didn't hit a judge, or hurt herself too badly, because she hopped back on the stage and started dancing again. Then there was another girl who puked on stage. She ran off, and the other girls finished the dance, and another girl accidentally put her hand in the puke. Ugh. They cleaned it up after the dance. The Junior Company got some pretty sweet awards. We got a Gold, and the highest in our category (jazz, age 13-14 is our category). And that's not all. We got the highest overall small group in our age!!! There were about 13 other numbers in our age group. That was awesome. When they announced it, we didn't know what to do or where to go, because we didn't get anything big until then. So we were just sitting there probably looking really stupid with shocked expressions on, and a few of us wandered around until the announcer stopped that madness and called us up to the front of the stage. Then we understood. The announcer gave us a HUGE plastic trophy and we all got to say our names in the microphone. That was so cool. It was a big accomplishment for us. And we know that most of the other studios are better that us. We only have an hour and a half a week to rehearse our Junior Company number. Most other studios have much more time than that. So we really like this competition, because they understood us, and understood all of our dances. Finally! We want to go back there next year.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Well, I have another competition coming up this weekend along with another dilema. A girl in Senior Company not only does competitive dance, but also competitive gymnastics. It's called sports acro, so there are a ton of complex tricks and lifts. So anyway, this girl was practicing a back flip (which she can normally do) and landed right on her knee. She was at class the other night, but she didn't dance a whole lot and had a bad limp. So if her knee isn't better by this weekend, I might have to stand in for the Seniors again. Also, a girl in Junior company is doing model U.N. on the same weekend as the competition, so a girl in Senior Company is going to stand in for our dance. And we pretty much changed the whole entire Pirate dance. It's kind of hard to learn a 7-minute long dance in just two weeks. And we are changing the name of it, too. Instead of "Pirates of the Caribbean", it's going to be "The Battle for the Pirates Gold". The reason why we are changing the name and the whole dance is because the judges at the last competition didn't get it. Okay, there is a group of good pirates, a group of bad pirates, swords, fighting, and treasure (the two sides are obviously fighting over the treasure). How can you not get that???? We clearly interpret that in the dance. So we are making it even more clear by all of the changes. We had the same problem with one of our duets. The song is called "Bolero" (that awesome song from the second Moulin Rouge soundtrack), and I guess Bolero was an opera or something, so the judges have "opera" swimming around in the back or their heads and are wondering why these girls are doing a modern dance to it, and why there's no story being told. So they are just going to have to change the name of the duet. These judges seem to need every dance to interpret a story. I don't understand that. I just think a dance needs to be well choreographed and fun to watch. Hopefully the judges at the next competition won't be as obsessed with stories.

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