This is the time of the year when I attend four to six performance. I enjoy so much seeing how much both these little girls have learned over the year.
The dance show is the showcase event for both. What a great time to dress up, do what they love to do and scurry offstage to change costumes for the next dance.
Our routine for years now has been the pre-show pictures. I am always amazed at how cooperative they are and how much they enjoy these few moments. Needless to say, I enjoy it too!
This year I was able to capture two costumes for each. Time does not always afford that luxury. Four more outfits remain in clothes bags all lined up for quick changes.
Forty-five minutes in and they are still smiling. It is surely the excitement of the long-awaited show.
We were able to manage many individual shots and many duo pics. There were times when one would remind the other: "My turn."
Once the show began, I missed the first pirate dance because I was trying to adjust my camera in the dark to the ever-changing light and shooting with no flash. Just lucky we are allowed to take any pictures at all during the show.
I think I got a little trigger-happy as I took 700+ pictures and filled up my card, all before the curtain call.
It was fun when Buddy came in wearing a Growler's jersey and joined in the tap (skuff) dance.
There were ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop and Latin dances. Yes, you guessed it: It was a very long show.
Despite the length and the energy expended, the children remained 100% engaged.
This little tap dance was choreographed to "Boogey Woogie Bugle Boy." Not only fun, but fitting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The last dance before the curtain call (and my camera full) was this fun Latin dance. All of the children put in endless hours of preparation and many late nights with dress rehearsals and shows. Hats off to all of them who did a great job!