Friday, May 27, 2011

A dancing debut

The HKD (Hong Kong Dancers) end of year showcase was this week.  We wrapped up our final (and best) performance last night.  HKD has to be one of my favorite parts of being a teacher at my school.  Each year, I get to work with amazing high school dancers, many of whom have taught themselves and just have natural talent.  Being their advisor doesn't feel like work and reminds me of my own high school years as a young person who loved to dance.

Now this love for dance has become a big part of my little ones' lives.  We frequently have dance parties at home (our favorites to dance to usually include The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga).  They are usually with me when I look in on their practices, and at this time of year, they usually choose to sit and watch all the rehearsals leading up to our end of year show.  HKD love having my kids around, and include them as members of the HKD family.  Buddy loves having older boys to hang with especially because they just ooze coolness.  And they can dance.

At the end of last school year, Buddy volunteered to jump up with his friends to dance for his peers at a school music share.  A parent sent me the video and I smiled when I realized that all his moves came from dances he'd watched my HKD kids perform.  I made a brief statement about him being in our next show, and sure enough, he never forgot.

Buddy had an important part in our introduction of this year's show Static.  The idea was that our stage was a big TV and the beginning was flipping through channels.  Buddy's part was to be a young contestant on Britain's Got Talent who comes on the show to dance.  He is joined by other dancers who follow him and then he runs off stage.

He practiced the routine at home.

I'm so proud of him.  He took his role in the show so seriously, but still had fun being a part of it.  I am in awe of his natural confidence and eagerness to get up on stage at only eight.  I can't imagine even thinking of it at his age.  And, though I know as his mother I may sound biased, he was really good.

Posing on stage before the first show.
Ella was extremely proud of her brother, promptly telling everyone around her that he was in the show.  Never jealous that she wasn't.  On the first night, she was able to see his whole bit before going home for bed, unaware that part of it was dubbed from the actual TV show they were emulating.  He mouthed along with the words, acting as if he were really speaking.

Joey sent me a text during the first show to let me know Ella had been amazed.  Not so much by the dancing, but more by Buddy's voice.  She said she really liked it, but wanted to know if he still had his real voice.  Too cute.  Cally isn't too far behind, learning so quickly by watching her sister and brother practice at home.  She always asks for ballet song.

Needless to say we're looking for dance class opportunities for Buddy this summer.  In the meantime, we're still having the family dance nights.


gilly said...

awww. I just wanted to click a 'like' button reading this post. x

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