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!