Monday, June 11, 2007

Dance Dance Revolution
This weekend was dominated by going to and preparing for the kids' dance recital. For the girl this is old hat. She has done three previous to this one and where as she gets excited for it every year, she doesn't get noticeably nervous. For my son, this was a first and nerves were high. This also marked the first time that I had to go to a dressing room and help prepare.

The recital is split into two acts, each 2 1/2 hours long. We had the pleasure this year of having kids' performances in both acts. For the mathematically challenged that means that we endured five hours of dance. Plus the intermission. This might seem like a long time, but compared to the dress rehearsal which moves at a much slower rate, it's not so bad. The dress rehearsal went a good 8/9 hours. Normally I would duck out for hours at a time, but thanks to my sons participation that wasn't going to happen this year.

The recital went reasonably well. My ass hurts from all the sitting, but other than that all makor disasters were diverted. The girl looked good in tap and ballet, but looked lost in the jazz routine. She admitted that she got confused. Oh well.

The boy looked good in his tap routine, much better than in dress rehearsal. Except for his refusal to look at the audience he looked pretty decent for a first year dancer. The jazz dance looked better in the dress rehearsal, but he didn't have any huge gaffs. His Penguin costume was a big hit. He handled himself well through out. He asked for a little extra encouragement from me backstage befoer he went on, and I gave him the old, "Nut up and be a man" speech.

The biggest stressor for us for the day was that we (I) managed to forget to bring the boys dance shoes. I told you I wasn't used to having to be responsible for this stuff. We didn't notice that they were missing until about 30 minutes before he was to go on. So we did some frantic searching and were able to borrow some tap shoes and jazz shoes from other dancers.

I hope this post wasn't as long for you to read as it was for me to live through. The result yesterday was that the kids were both totally hyped afterwards yesterday and had enough adrenaline pumping through them to stun a wild boar. I think the boy is going to sign up for dance again as he said that had lots of fun.

13 comments:

Churlita said...

I feel your pain on the sitting through very long activities. Can you think of many other people you would put up with that crap for?

Gyuss Baaltar said...

I don't know if I've ever read "jazz dance" and "nut up and be a man" in the close of proximity before.

EsLocura said...

I once bought tap shoes just to annoy the neighbor living downstairs from me. it worked, he moved.

Dagromm said...

Churlita - There is absolutely no one else I would sit through it for. All of you who are planning long weddings or funerals have been put on notice.

Gyuss - It was a new experience for me. There might be a more appropriate speech, but nothing came to mind.

Eslocura - I've been the downstairs neighbor before and I can feel his pain.

Cyber D said...

You need to be honest, Dags. After our little get-together last weekend, your ass was not hurting from the recital.

Dagromm said...

CyberD - Oh??? Did I put recital? I meant rectal.

fringes said...

Those things are why God created the 80 gig iPod.

Tera said...

Dagromm, I belive Fringe may have a point...and do you notice how lately in schools and such, they design those shows so that you have to stay for the whole show and not just to watch your kid and leave...the nerve!

heather said...

if they had been hooter girls and playboy bunnies you would be begging to see it again and you know it.

hell, you'd be begging if it were tera and kiddo! ;-)

Goo said...

A five hour recital is ridiculous. How many hundreds of children attend this dance school? Two hours is the max for this kind of thing and even that is stretching it. Maybe it's time to shop for a new dance program.

Dagromm said...

Scooter - Don't flaunt your wealth on my blog!!!!! I wish I had one, but I don't know that it would have drowned out the music that was blaring in there.

Tera - I agree. I would have been fine just waiting for the overpriced DVD.

Heather - Let me know when the Hooters recital is and I am there. I once went to a company picnic the same time that Hooters was having their company picnic at the exact same location. 30+ busloads of Hooters girls were all over the place. I imagine that's what heaven is like.

Goo - Trust me there are hundreds of students at the school and they all have multiple performances. I like that the studio tries to make it a big deal, but I don't know that I need that much.

Goo said...

Okay, if there are hundreds of students the sensible thing to do is split up the recitals, not try and do one marathon event that exhausts everyone, including the audience. I stand by my first response, this is ridiculous.

BTW, did the brown paper package show up yet?

Dagromm said...

I got it yesterday. That was funny. Thanks! It'll be a great conversation piece.