Spring Showcase

Last weekend was the spring dance showcase. This time the theme was Alice in Wonderland. It’s absolutely amazing to see the growth of all the kids from one showcase to another. They all work so hard and the show was absolutely amazing!

For the first time Zeke didn’t fight me on getting makeup put on. At his house before us toys and things were very gendered so he was quite uncomfortable with wearing makeup on stage. Now he understands about the lights and sees that the other boys wear makeup, too, while they are performing so it’s okay with him now. Zeke opted to wait until he was backstage to put on his first costume. Mayci actually needed a different one for her first number so she had to change before the show (they were there an hour before it started so plenty of time to get the right costume on).

Mayci’s first number was junior acro to the song Lost by Maroon 5. That is her favorite type of dance right now and she’s getting to take a weekly class of it through the summer which makes her very happy (plus she’ll be taking a one week junior acro camp and helping in a mini acro camp).

Since Mayci is 6 and really hadn’t had much dance experience before last August she’s been taking mostly mini age classes this year. She’s tall for her age so she towers over the other kids in most of her classes. But junior acro is 6-12 year olds making her one of the smallest in the class. This means she got to do a couple lifts where she was the one being lifted.

Mayci and Anthony did a mini hip hop dance to A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman. Their costumes were very much Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation time period.

Zeke and Mayci did a ballet dance to Shake It Off. Zeke was totally wearing a formal tuxedo outfit complete with a bow tie.

Mayci is very good at doing cartwheels. She and one of her Munchkin teammates who was also taking ballet/tap with Zeke and Mayci did cartwheels across the stage in the middle of the song.

Zeke’s progressed so much in his musical theater and acting classes this year. He gave his lines with good voice inflection. This arms in the air while cheering about something is so totally him. I love that they wrote that into his part. Notice he’s the only one with something on under his t-shirt. This scene came immediately after the ballet dance. He went backstage where someone was waiting with his t-shirt. They quickly removed his bow tie and put the t-shirt on him and he was right back on stage.

Mayci, Anthony, and Nicholas did a jazz dance to What Else Can I Do? from Encanto. I absolutely love the costumes for this one. The fiesta dresses for the girls are beautiful and the guayabera shirts for the boys are so nice.

Best part of the dance for the kids was getting to use the ribbons near the end of it. Who doesn’t love waving a ribbon around after all.

Mayci’s last number was a jazz dance to Teenage Drama Queen with her Munchkin team. They didn’t really start learning it until after their competition. I’m impressed with how well they did with just a few weeks of practice.

Mayci will be on the competition team again next year. One of her teammates is moving up to Juniors and they are adding a little girl who was in mini hip hop and ballet/jazz with Mayci and Anthony this year.

They got to use feather boas for their dance. Every Tuesday and Thursday I’ve been picking feathers out of her hair and dance bag. Looking at how many feathers were left on the stage, I’m surprised there are any left on the boas at this point!

Some Costumes

I love when we are getting toward time for the dance showcase and costumes start coming home.

Mayci and Anthony are in a different ballet/jazz class than Nicholas, but they’ll dance together at the showcase. They will be dancing to What Else Can I Do? from Encanto.

These costumes are for their hip hop routine. They’ll be dancing to A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman.

This costume is for Mayci and Zeke’s ballet routine from their ballet/tap class. They’ll be dancing to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

One of these is for Zeke’s musical theater class and the other is for his acting class. He’s completely convinced that the black shirt is made from trash bags.


The Munchkin Company Team’s score earned them a platinum! They did so good. We were all just so proud of them and they were proud of themselves, too.

They earned a trophy for the studio and each kid got a medal to take home. I’m sure this is just the first of many trophies and medals we’ll see the Munchkins earn (tryouts for next year’s team: this Saturday).

A Minute and a Half on Stage

After all the waiting it was finally time for the kids to get on the stage and perform their routine. It was really competition time!

These kids auditioned for the newly formed Munchkin team (previously competition at our studio was for 8+) back in August. We’ve got six girls and one boy on the team. The youngest is 5, the oldest is 9. They competes in the 7 and under category.

Twice a week for an hour each time they practice. They’ve performed Bad to the Bone previously at the winter showcase, Winterfest, and the San Antonio Aquarium. They’ll perform it one more time at the spring showcase later this month.

These kids have truly become friends over the course of the last nine months. They all get along so well and are so supportive of each other. Our dance studio really fosters that kind of environment.

Their dancing has also improved over the months. Mayci’s gotten quite good for her age (with six hours of dance a week I’d be surprised if she hadn’t improved so much). A minute and a half on stage and a cartwheel from Mayci and another dancer and they were done!

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Dance competitions involve a whole lot of waiting. We had to be there at 3:30 to compete just before 6. The first thirty or so minutes were spent cheering on some of the older team girls competing in a solo and a duo.

Then we moved to the room where the Munchkins would be competing. We spent our time watching other groups compete and generally hanging out with each other.

The kids did a quick run through of their routine and then played and acted silly waiting for their song title to appear on the screen.

They ate snacks and played games and with other entertainment devices the parents had brought for the kids. It takes a lot to entertain a bunch of little kids for that long!

As we got closer to the time they’d be on the stage, the kids sat off to the side and looked generally cute taking pictures with the senior team girl who helps out with the Munchkins and their coach.

Getting Ready for Competition

A couple weeks ago Mayci had her first dance competition. She’s on a team for 6-9 year olds. They’ve been working hard for months to be ready to get on that stage. This is the only competition they’ll be doing this year.

After her regular dance class that Saturday afternoon, she got in her leotard and tights so she could get her hair and make-up done. I never have been into make-up for myself, but I’ve learned how to do dance recital and competition make-up these last couple years.

Thirty minutes later her make-up was done and her hair was pulled back into a slick, low ponytail held in place by lots and lots of gel.

With her bag packed and studio t-shirt, leggings, and Munchkin team jacket on she was ready to head to the convention center downtown!