Throwback Thursday Change-Up!

Hey everybody!  I’m baaaccckkk!  I still haven’t recovered from spending all day at the Arts Festival on Tuesday – on a field trip singing with the school choir and back to perform with my dance company that night.  At least I got a funnel cake, some Dippin’ Dots, and kettle corn out of the deal!  I had fun and we danced AWESOME!

Well it’s Thursday again and you know what that means.    Actually, I decided to do a Throwback Thursday Change-Up this week. I’ve been posting my old dance pictures, but after we performed and dressed up like characters from Broadway musicals for choir on Tuesday, it got me to thinking about how our music/choir teacher does a play with music in it for every grade every single year (kindergarten through fifth grade). Last year was our best play ever. I had the lead role, of course. Let me set the stage for you………. Last year, when I was in fourth grade, we did a play called the “Granny Awards.” The play is about Granny, who has retired from show business, and she has an awards show where she gives awards to all the best fairy tale characters.  I played Granny and the other kids dressed up like fairy tale characters like The Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Little Bears, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Fairy Godmother, and others.  The Best Villain Award went to The Big Bad Wolf.  The play had singing in it.

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And best of all, we got to make commercials featuring fairy tale characters that the music teacher played during the “awards ceremony.”  Any student who wanted to make a commercial could make one and enter it.  I did a commercial where I played Princess Ainsley, a friend of Rapunzel’s, and what would I be selling in my commercial of course – hair products – Rapunzel hair products!  Rapunzel has a lot of hair.  She has to take good care of it to keep it shiny and long.  My dad filmed the commercial in my bedroom and I even got to do the Harlem Shake.  So, for this Throwback Thursday post I am changing things up – dance is out for this week and the Granny Awards are in!  Check out my commercial below.

Sunday Evening Tired!

I just got out of dance a few hours ago and I am tired! We had a three hour rehearsal today. It was a dress rehearsal for the Arts Festival coming up in a week and a half. We’re going to perform there on Tuesday, April 22nd. Next weekend, we’re going to a dance competition. So we spent Friday and Saturday rehearsing for that. On Friday after school, I had dance rehearsal from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, I had dance rehearsal starting at 8:00 a.m., then regular ballet class from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then more rehearsals until 3:30 p.m. After my last rehearsal, I was a helper at our studio’s dance workshop. It was a fundraiser to help my dance company go to Disneyworld this summer. And then there was today’s rehearsal from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. So, in all I was at the dance studio for twenty hours over the last three days! My mom and dad are always talking to me about commitment and dance is a big commitment for me. I love to dance, and it gets really busy this time of year, so I know that I have to put in a lot of extra time at the dance studio. It’s at times like these that I have to remind myself just how much I love it, because I am sure tired and my muscles ache from all that dancing. My parents don’t always like how much time I spend at the dance studio, but they let me decide how I want to spend my time. I want to see how far I can go in dance and in order to be good, I have to practice and practice and practice. And it takes up a lot of my free time. Other than school, I don’t have a lot of time to do other things, but if I want to perfect my technique, then I have to make a choice and right now I choose to keep on dancing! My advice to all the tweens out there is to do what you love and spend the time it takes to be really good at it.
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2013 Arts Festival Jazz Ainsley only 1

Here’s a couple of pictures of me dancing at last year’s Arts Festival.