kate's christmas dance recital

From 11/30 Kate's "official" Christmas dance recital was held on Dec. 21 at the high school auditorium, but I took an untested zoom lens with me (BAD results), and Nick's iPhone video didn't turn out either. Fortunately, Kate had another performance of her recital piece ("Run Run Rudolph") just after Thanksgiving in the McKinney square for the "Home for the Holidays" event. Unfortunately, not all of her class was able to attend this performance, but you get the idea. :)

These were taken with my 85mm f/1.8 lens. It's so sharp, but I need more reach!  I'm thinking about getting a (reliable) zoom lens for these types of events.














Strike a pose!SPC_0343Here's that face, at 100% crop! close-up

Here's the video. I was taking pictures with my big camera AND trying to video w/ my iPhone at the same time, so it's really bad quality. Sorry if you feel like you're being tossed around in the dryer! (Oh, AND I didn't get the video started on time, so you miss the first little bit. I'm guessing you won't mind.) :)

kate's dance recital

Kate had her dance recital today! Their song was Shirley Temple's "Animal Crackers in my Soup." After their dress rehearsal yesterday, I didn't think things were going to go so great, but they delivered! Kate especially was in a bad mood today (really packed weekend!), and I couldn't even put on her makeup since she was so upset. We did manage to get the costume on and she had no tears on stage. In fact, she did way more of the dance than I even thought she knew! :) Video wasn't allowed during the performance today. (I had planned on buying a copy until I learned they were $40.... Ummmmm, not happening.) So, you'll have to make due with a video I took in class the day they got their costumes. (Scroll all the way down for the video.)



And here's the video from a few weeks ago. Kate's the one on the end on the right.


kate's first dance class

A few weeks ago, Kate started pretending "dance class," and one night before bed, she asked me if she could start going to real dance classes. It was a strangely grown-up conversation, and I told her that Daddy and I would think about it. She then kept reminding me that I promised we'd think about it! Needless to say, we got her enrolled!

Kate was so excited to go to her first class. She walked right in without fear, but then just stood in the back and wouldn't respond to the teacher's requests to participate. I was just glad she wasn't crying! Once they changed to tap, Kate was finally ready to dance!

The video is hilarious to me.... it's the moment she decided to stop being a wall flower. 

Just a note... this was a substitute teacher, and in Kate's regular class there are about 7 or 8 little girls. I thought it was so funny that there was only one other little girl there at the first class!
first dance class

And the video:

We went to dance for the second time this week, and Kate followed the same course. She sat down for the whole ballet time, but then she got her new tap shoes on and was ready to roll! She just needs a little time to warm up to being there, I guess! It might take a few weeks before she tries any ballet. :)