Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tap/Jazz 2017: "Monopoly"

This year's Act II was incredible. It was titled "Monopoly". We had no idea how it was going to work when we first heard the theme, but I can honestly say that it was the most phenomenal and entertaining tap/jazz/modern performance they've ever done. My husband and I sat through it twice, and loved it both times.

Here is Bridget before her performances. Her persona changes when she puts on her tap/jazz costume and she becomes a sassy little thing.

Monopoly began with  rolling the dice, and landing on the "Electric Company". Jazz I performed to "Electric Avenue" and Jazz II (Bridget's class) performed to "I Got Bills". My husband recorded her performance and you can view it below.


Bridget's Tap II performance was after landing on the Short Line Railroad. They danced to "Locomotion". Bridget had the most fun with this one. She's been singing the song around the house for weeks.


There were also so many great performances. I wanted to record every one of them, but only got a few. My motive for doing this was to be able to show Bridget all the neat steps she'll be learning in the next couple of years.

After the next roll, they landed on "Community Chest". Two songs were performed for this one; the first is "Help" and the second is "Thrift Shop". You'll have to excuse my video making skills. I was using my phone and hit the pause button rather than stop, so it did some weird things.

Next was landing on "Oriental Blvd." The choreography on this one was amazing. The danced to "Pop, Drop; Roll". The applause at the end proves it was definitely an audience favorite. The young man that played the part of Mr. Monopoly/Banker was incredible. He added fun and humor to the entire production but proved in this performance (and others to follow) that he's an extremely talented dancer.

Next they landed on "Park Avenue" and danced to "Bell Hop Boogie", "Puttin' on the Ritz", and "Rich Girl". Unfortunately, I didn't record that last one, but they were really good too. 

Next was Pass Go and Collected $200. The dancers performed "Money", "We're in the Money", and "Money Makes the World Go Round". I think I was enjoying the performance too much that I forgot to record anything except for "We're in the Money". 

Next, it was time to Go To Jail. They danced to "Break Out" and "Jailhouse Rock". I thought the costumes were really good, and the performances as well. Mr. Monopoly shows off his dancing skills again in "Jail House Rock". 

Next they landed on Boardwalk". I'll give you one guess as to what song they danced to (loved the costumes in this one too). 

Next they landed on Carolina Avenue. This time I remembered to take a picture of the lovely young lady holding the property cards. She played a major role in the performance by letting the audience know where we were.

There is only one song that comes to mind for North Carolina. This performance was so wonderful and choreographed by one of Bridget's favorite teachers.

Next up was Tennessee Avenue. Loved their rendition of "Cotton Eyed Joe".

I didn't record the beginning of the production, but the finale did just as well to tie it all together. I had no idea that there was a Monopoly song. As you can see, the Banker stole the show yet again.

We were so happy to see our girl again after her performance. She made a lot of faces for us and tried really hard not to smile for me. Again, we thought she did a great job. The entire production was amazing.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ballet 2017: "The Twelve Dancing Princesses"

You will have to excuse the dance posts for the next couple of days. I am trying to be diligent in documenting Bridget's dance performances in a timely manner.

Bridget completed Beginner's Ballet II this year. She has now been dancing for four years. This year, the ballet was based on "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".

Here she is in her costume before leaving the house. She needed to get in a few last minute twirls.

We've arrived! Every year, I take a picture of Bridget in front of the auditorium at about the same spot. It's so neat to see how much she's grown. 

Bridget's class was in Scene III, "Never a Dull Moment". Bridget has always been a happy and smiling child, but even after four years of dancing, she cannot bring herself to smile on stage. She said she's too scared to smile. We hope she will soon grow out of this.

During the performance, I took pictures while my husband made a video on his phone.

After the performance, they did something a little different by having even the youngest dancers come back to the stage for a final bow. The older dancers of course took their bow first, then made room for the little dancers.

We thought she did a great job this year. While she's growing up so fast, she proved that she was never too old to be carried back to the van in Daddy's arms. This may be the last year he gets to do that!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Homemaker's Journal: Monday, May 22, 2017

Dance season is officially over!!!! No more lessons or rehearsals until the fall. We love dance, but the rehearsal and performance schedule at the end of each season wears me out. My dancer slept 'til almost 8 o'clock this morning. I think she's happy to be able to relax again.

T-ball season is still in full swing and we have another game this week. I'm happy that we're not still juggling dance and t-ball together. Having only a game once or twice a week is a nice and welcome change.


Thunderstorms are in the forecast for this week, finally clearing up on Friday. Temperatures will be in the upper 70's and lower 80's, a welcome change from last weeks scorching upper 90's temperatures.


All of the children slept in today and the household seems to be quite lazy. The kitchen needs tidying up (as it always does).


During some of our downtime last week, I managed to do quite a bit more de-cluttering in our school room. I love throwing things away, but not the process of having to go through every little thing. My husband has suggested the idea of taking the boxes and plopping them into the trash bin, but I'm not too keen on throwing out all of my children's keepsakes and memories.


The dancer on her Saturday performance of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses".


"Fatigue is the common enemy of us all--so slow down, rest up, replenish, and refill."
—Jeffrey R. Holland


Leftovers, hot dogs and hamburgers, french fries, and whatever else is in the pantry and freezer. I will resume with menu planning in June. For now, I'm going to rest.





Rest, catch up on school work, and set up second graders first annual standardized test. If the weather clears, we'll work in the garden and finish our backyard landscape border.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Week in Review {Week #35}

Another week done!


Bridget completed her second grade handwriting book in which she learned to write in cursive. Now to keep her practicing over the summer...

She also completed a spelling lesson, in which she spelled a particular word correctly on the pre-test, spelled it correctly in her workbook and oral quizzes (which I do immediately before the final test to make sure she's ready), but when it came time to do her written test, she spelled the word incorrectly. It was more aggravating for me than for her because I knew she could spell it correctly, but I had to mark it wrong for the sake of honest and fair grading.


Bridget had her dress rehearsals on stage this week and her performances will be this weekend. She is so excited and nervous. On Wednesday, she told me she was sad to have had her last in-studio practice because it meant that the dance year was over and she wouldn't see her teachers or classmates until the new season begins in the fall.

George had two t-ball games, one on Saturday morning in which my parents joined us, and another on Thursday evening. His life right now revolves around t-ball. He constantly talks about it and he probably dreams about it.

And finally, this cute napper has been a real trooper as we've shuffled his big brother and sister to their activities. After we dropped Bridget off at her dress rehearsal on Thursday, we drove 15 minutes to Daddy's office so that I could hand off the boys and George would make it to his t-ball game on time that evening. When I parked the van and we were waiting for Daddy, I turned around and caught him snoozing. Liam has taken a nap for 3 days in a row now. I love how he can just fall asleep anywhere. I think the heat we've been experiencing lately (a whopping 98 degrees on Wednesday!) has made his extra sleepy. 


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