Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dance Year 12-13

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(Family photo after the last of her 4 spring recitals.)

Along with starting kindergarten last fall, T also started taking 4 dance classes. This was up from two classes the year prior. I was really struggling with letting her take so many classes along with starting a Chinese immersion kindergarten program. The main reason for the two additional classes was she got into the tap performance program and it requires two tap classes along with one ballet class per week. She wanted to stay in musical theater since she didn't want to leave her dance teacher and friends. In the end we agreed that if she couldn't keep up with her school works or she becomes too tired, we'll have to drop something. There were definitely some rough patches along the school year. After about 2-3 months, T was just not picking up tap as well as the other 6 girls. She felt like the teacher was picking on her and cried whenever it was time to go to class. It was hard for me to find the balance between encouraging her to not give up so easily and acting like a crazy dance mom. I did end up offering to take her out of the tap program if it was making her that unhappy. She surprised me by not taking the easy way out. She knew she had to work a bit harder and she did that. I think by the end of the year, she gained so much more confidence going through that and learned that hard work does pay off. That was really all C and I wanted her to get out of dance school. I'm pretty sure we don't have it in us to be crazy dance parents, despite the fact that she'll be taking 5 classes in September! (That will be another post and I really don't want to think about that yet.) Now, dance year in review through pictures.

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Dragon Boat festival on Treasure Island performing Lion King (Sept 2012)

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Halloween performance at school, Thriller (Oct 2012)

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Holiday Chorus at the school's annual Nutcracker show at Palace of Fine Arts (Dec 2012)

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Three Holiday Recitals on the same day (Dec 2013)

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Two encore performances of Lion King (Jan 2013)

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Performance at Serramonte Mall (March 2013)

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Showstopper competition San Mateo - Tap "Daddy's Money" 5-6 years old Division, Platinum First Place, 10th overall (April 2013)

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Into the Woods cast pictures (May 2013)

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Spotlight Dance Cup 2013 Competition San Jose - Tap "Daddy's Money" Diamond overall winner (1st place) in the 11 and under, small group, Future Gem division

Spring Recital:
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Ballet "Miss Hannah's Flowers"

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Tap "Daddy's Money"

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Musical Theater "Annie"


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Year 1: Kindergarten

As usual, I'm late on my blog posts. I really should keep up with things here a bit better, my memory is just not as good now that I'm older. (Of course, that would imply it was ever good before!) Now that summer will be over in less than a month and we're looking into preparing for the upcoming year in first grade. It's fitting to look back at T's first year at elementary school. (Thanks to other parents that took pictures at events that we missed too.)

First day of school. She and a girl she met at a kindergarten play date a week before. Z ends up to be one of her best friends.
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Autumn's Festival
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Walkathon
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Halloween
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 Holiday Show (They sang Holidays songs in Chinese and English.)
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Gingerbread house
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GLO Olympic.
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Class Auction project
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Field Trips
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Field Day
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Kindergarten Promotion
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Last Day of School
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That's a short photo summary of the T's kindergarten year. It went by so fast. The whole year just went by in a blink of an eye. We've tried to be at most of the events during the year, but I'll be lying if I said that I didn't regret not being there more. I'm so grateful that other parents took pictures and shared them, definitely not the same but at least I get a glimpse of the events that we missed.