Last Week of April

It’s the last week of April.  This month has been so busy; I haven’t had time to write.  Since Easter, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and went to an open call dance audition for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival; my siblings and I got all dressed up to take family pictures; we celebrated my big sister, Ashley’s, 25th birthday; I had a band competition and went to an amusement park with my bandmates; and today I went to the Arts Festival to see the girls from my former dance studio perform.  On top of all of that, I have the usual school and dance three times a week.  We also had testing at school this month.  It has rained like crazy all month long, but it is spring…..and in Oklahoma spring means thunderstorm and tornado season, so the weather has been pretty normal this month.  Besides, there is a saying that “April showers bring May flowers.”

April is the fourth month of the year, according to the Gregorian calendar, which is used almost everywhere in the world today.  The Romans called the month Aprilis.  According to some sources, the Roman name comes from a word meaning to open.  Others say that it comes from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.  April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but it became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month.  In the Temperate Zone of the Northern Hemisphere, the appearance of the outdoor world usually changes more in April than in any other month of the year.  Snow and ice melt, grass grows green, and leaves appear on bushes and trees.  In the Southern Hemisphere, however, people enjoy mild autumn days during the month of April.

April
By:  Ralph Waldo Emerson

April cold with dropping rain
Willows and lilacs brings again,
The whistle of returning birds
And trumpet-lowing of the herds.

Take a look below at the pictures that I took today at the Arts Festival.  We visited the Botanical Gardens and Greenhouse.  Oh, by the way, this July, I will be performing in one dance at this year’s Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival!

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Singing and Dancing at the Arts Festival

Hey everybody! Woo hoo! I got out of school early today. We went on a field trip today and my parents chaperoned, so they checked me out at the end of the trip and we got to come home. Funny thing is I wrote a blog post on April 6th talking about how my dance company rehearsed all weekend for our upcoming performance at the Arts Festival. Well, we are performing tonight, but our school field trip today was to……wait for it……the Arts Festival! So, yes, I am going twice today. It was actually a field trip/performance by the 4th and 5th grade Honors Choir. The choir performed for the whole school this morning at 9:00 a.m. Then we left to go to the Arts Festival. Our performance wasn’t until 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, so when we got there we broke into groups and walked around to look at the art. My parents had my group, of course. We ate lunch by the pond and fed the ducks. I gave them leftover bread from my sandwich. We played in the children’s playground, went to the craft tent to make kites and plant seeds that we could take home. I chose green bean seeds. We ate Kona Ice and toured the botanical gardens and greenhouse. Finally, we made canvas paintings. After that, it was time for us to perform. Our performance was a play/musical with Broadway musicals as the theme. There are about 50 of us kids in the choir. Each of us dressed up like a character from a Broadway musical and we sang famous songs from musicals. Kids dressed up like characters from Grease; Mary Poppins; Annie; Oklahoma; Wicked; The Wizard of Oz; Cats; Thirteen; Suessical, the Musical; The Sound of Music; Dreamgirls; Hairspray; Chicago; and a few more! Guess who I dressed up as………………….
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Well, I’m home now and going to take a nap. I have to go back to the Arts Festival tonight at 7:00 p.m. to dance. I am in nine numbers. I’m going to be really tired when I get home tonight. Good thing I don’t have any homework! Here are some other photos from the trip…..

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