Monday, January 30, 2017

First Event of 2017!

Well, it has definitely been a while since I've posted.  It isn't that we haven't been busy.  To the contrary, we have been almost overloaded.  Tiny spent the summer after the last competition doing choreography for two community theater productions, which lasted into December.  Additionally, she has been preparing for her level passing and Mini Match (she was able to get trial runs on all of her Latin opens) as a springboard for Nationals this April.  We didn't take any accidental pictures this time, but here are the videos from this past Saturday:

Next up is her level passing, and I will try to get video from that.  It will be the last event (to my knowledge) before Nationals.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Texarama 2016

This past weekend was Texarama!  We split Tiny's entries between the Junior category and the Ladies category.  We were honestly just really happy that she made the finals for her championship round in the Ladies category, since it is such a competitive division, and the people she danced against were formidable, and when she ended up winning, we were thrilled! I haven't had time to write a full post, but here are the links to her videoed rounds and our favorite pictures from yesterday.  Stephen Marino (the photographer) got some amazing shots of everyone, and these are the ones we loved the best!

Friday, April 15, 2016


Tonight was Starlight!  It went really well.  Tiny danced a rumba with Matt, a foxtrot with Richard, and her open swing routine with Daniel.  That should be the routine she's taking to Nationals next April. 

Everyone did a great job, and it was a really fun evening.  We may schedule in an extra cocktail party in May, but we're pretty much hibernating for the rest of April.

Monday, March 28, 2016

New Latin Dress Came In!

Her Latin dress we ordered back in January came in today!  We got an email about shipping less than a week ago, and we really expected it to take longer, since it was coming from Hong Kong!  We think it looks great!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dancescape DVD Came In!

The Dancescape DVD came in this week, and I got my hot little hands on it today, so of course I immediately had to figure out how to pull Shara's clip off of it, which I then uploaded so all of the family could see how beautiful her performance was!

Here it is!

She has Starlight coming up in April, and we thought it would be fun to push the boundaries.  She is currently planning three performances, a swing with Daniel, a rumba with Matt, and a foxtrot with Richard.  She won't tell me what her music selections are for the rumba and foxtrot, so we'll see how she does picking music!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Catching Up - Freddie Ball & A Day

So, this past weekend was the big awards ball and ceremony for our region.  Nominations are a huge honor.  Last year, Tiny didn't get a nomination, because she only competed once, and hadn't been at the studio very long.  This year she scored two nominations, one for Top Youth, and one for Top Competitor.  Even though she didn't win, she was very pleased to have been nominated. 

The real reason we attended, though, was because we knew two of her instructors had been nominated for Top Teacher awards, though it turned out that all three of them were! 

The dinner was delicious, both Matt and Daniel won awards, and the photographer who has been doing all of the dancesport events for our region was there, and he took an amazing picture of Shara with Matt.  The dance floor was packed all night long, and getting to watch Mark & Olga Elsbury was fantastic.  We were, however grateful to be heading home after a while, since we didn't get home until just after midnight. 

The next morning was A Day, and while Tiny isn't signed up to do a big number for Rhythm of the Night, we still enjoyed the classes all day.  We ran into the photographer (Stephen Marino, who is fantastic!) during the day, and he did an impromptu photo shoot with Shara & Richard, since we have tons of pictures with her & Daniel, and tons with her & Matt.  I wasn't expecting a full pictorial, but hey, no complaints here! 

Girl sees dance instructor...

 Her next event will be Starlight - I believe she is doing a swing with Daniel to "Confident", and she is in fifth gear working on her open rhythm routines for the Lone Star competition in August of this year.  Today she has a special coaching session with Mark Elsbury, and she is pretty excited about it.