Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dancin' the Day Away!

This past Saturday was the big day! We began the recital marathon day at 9:15 a.m. in the dressing room! All of the Pre-Company girls' names were on stars on the dressing room door when we arrived. Joy reserved a locker in there for her costumes and all the last minute primping began! She moved her star to her locker. Here she is in her ballet costume (as a hunter).

As you look at these pictures, please know that this makeup is ONLY for recital day...even on picture day we didn't do this much makeup. Since they want the girls to have a uniform look, they actually tell us certain colors of makeup and ask us to make it heavy so the girls will stand out on stage. It's always a shock to see my little girl in this much makeup. She absolutely hates eye liner though and vows to never wear it when she's older! We'll see. :) They also all had to wear their hair parted to the same side with low buns, very slicked back (with lots and lots of gel, hairspray and bobby pins)! Here's Joy and Devyn stretching....notice the handcuffs between them! I asked Devyn if her mom and dad knew she had handcuffs in the dressing room. She said her dad told her she could bring the handcuffs in....if she left her attitude in the car! :) I was really hoping that there was no malfunction in the handcuffs.....I could just envision them dancing the Sleeping Beauty ballet handcuffed together (and Devyn is the studio owner's daughter)! Yikes! :)

What is with girls wanting to pick each other up? This is Joy holding Katie Beth! They were all doing this!

Joy and Julian....(her partner in doing "the bump" in Shake Your Groove Thing).

Anyway, there were three recitals: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. In the first two, Joy (and the entire Pre-Company) danced only in the ballet play, Sleeping Beauty. In the 7:00 p.m. recital, they danced in the play as well as their other two numbers....jazz and tap. The recitals were divided up into halves with the ballet play of Sleeping Beauty in the middle. They were hunters in the play and had guns as props to do their ballet dance. (Joy will show this to you on her blog probably on her next post). Here's Joy, Christina and Katie Beth before their first performance in the play.

In the first half of the recital, the girls danced (jazz dance) to Shake Your Groove Thing. They had the same basic costume. For this one, they had the hats and boots.

Three of the disco divas....Katie Beth, Christina and Joy...

In the second half, they danced (tap dance) to Love Shack. For this one, they had on capri tights with the same dress and a sash around the buns in their hair.

This is one of my favorite pictures. This is Joy and a little girl named Zoe. Joy met her during dance rehearsals. She is in one of the preschool dance classes and they hit it off right away...Joy fell in love with her! Joy looked for her arrival that night and met her with a teddy bear which Zoe loved! Just look at that face and that precious pink costume they wore!

After all the shows (at about 10:15 p.m.), Joy went out to see some of the folks that came to support her. Here she is with her taekwondo instructor (Vicki), and Joy's lady friend (Wendy) from taekwondo class with her two sons (Ikie and Caleb). It was so nice of them to come! Also our friends, Lori and Molly Grace came to watch, but had already left by the time we were done backstage.

With Colt (who took off work to be there):

With Grandmama and Pop (my mom and dad):

With PawPaw (Jason's dad):

And with Jason and me (I look tired and I was):

Striking a pose aftwerwards by the balcony:

With Christina (their assistant in class and also the one that played Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty play):

I've tried and tried to get a video on here of one their dances and it just won't upload. It may be too big. If I can figure it out or get it to work (translation.....if one of my kids can figure it out for me), I'll put the video on another post.

Now we're taking a break from dance for the summer. Classes won't resume again until mid August. But actually Joy never stops dancing. She dances across rooms and doesn't even realize it. She dances when she hears music in stores. I guess that really does give true meaning to dancin' the day away! :)


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

She is adorable, I know what you mean about the make up, it threw me for a loop the first time I saw Marissa with it on at age 5. But I think Dance is good for them 9not the make up) but the getting together and preforming. Tell Joy I said congrats on the preformance.
PS sorry I haven't been around much, been running and also keeping both Granddaughters, the older they get the more like oil and water they get. They get along for awhile then start fussing. But when I call Morgan's Mom to come get her (can't send Marissa home, I'm keeping her for the summer, they live 1 hr away and her Mom won't look for a babysitter up there, wants family to keep her)they decide they want to be friends again and play...ahggggg...

The Whites said...

I love dance recitals and I know how much work goes into them! Leah Kate was in dance before we moved. We may get back into it in the fall.

Joy looked just precious. I had to put makeup like that on Leah Kate when she was just 5 - definitely shocking!


Susan said...

Adorable pictures and times for all these girls.

Carmen C. said...

What beautiful girls, and your Joy has a million dollar smile! Love the disco outfits...looks like something I might have worn back in the day, LOL!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

what great photos..Joy sure is photogenic..she is such a beautiful girl..both your kids are beautiful..heck your whole family is..looks like it was a great time had by all..:)

Farm Chick Paula said...

That's awesome, Tammy! Joy is so much braver than me... I couldn't have gotten up in front of people and danced if my life depended on it!
I enjoyed seeing pictures of your family too!

wrcdgc said...

I love the jazz outfit! I think I had an outfit like that when I was little. LOL! Joy is just so pretty and growing up right before my eyes/computer. I know it was a long day but she looks like she could have gone a few more hours in that last photo of her posing!

Great family pictures what fun those dance pictures will be to scrap book.


Sharon said...

I remember when I first saw my granddaughter at her recital for dance and all that makeup. Shock!!
Tell Joy congrats and she is sure a beautiful girl.
I really liked the photos of all the family members, that will sure be a memory for her.
God bless

Kimberly said...

Great pics! I'll make sure to show Julianna!

Blessed Beyond said...

She looks beautiful! I bet the preformances were wonderful! And how great of big brother to take off for her special day!
Just an idea, have you tried to upload the video to youtube adn then embed the code here? Just an idea. I know I'd love to see her!
Hope yall have a great day!
Hugs and Blessings,

Parsley said...

Great photos of a memory filled day.

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

What a beautiful girl you have!
It looks like you are having a wonderful day!

Carrie said...

Aww...Tammy!! Joy looks absolutely adorable!! My cousin owns a Dance studio and most of us girls have danced throughout our childhood at one time or anouther. It's in our blood!! Heck, I STILL love to dance!!

Your should be SO proud of her!!

Hugs!! Carrie

Denise said...

Tammy, thank you for shaing the wonderful pictures with us all! It looks like you had a great time.


Shellmo said...

Joy has such a beautiful smile in every one of these photos - she must enjoy dance so much and it shows! I hope you are able to upload a video!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I loved reading all about your day and seeing the pictures of the dance recital. Love the costumes, especially the blue, get your grove on, one! I think it's hysterical how you admitted if your kids can figure out the video thing. Isn't that the truth!!! Enjoyed visiting with you and sharing your day. I don't think you look tired at all in the picture. You look beautiful!!!

green gables girl said...

WOW! Joy must be really tired after all that! But it must of been really fun, too!

That's exactly what I do! Ever since I had the big musical I have been dancing across the rooms, too! How about that? :)

Talk to you soon!
Love, Lyssie

Goat Creek Grandma said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of Joy's recital. She looks like she is beaming with excitement. She's beautiful Tammy!


Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

OH Tammy - you have your own dancin darlin like I used to have!! Joy looks so adorable. You can see the pure joy on her face - she clearly enjoys it.

We had the same thing with the hair and makeup and matching. Jen rarely uses ANY makeup now! LOL But she can walk a mile in high heels now after dancing in them for so many years.

I loved what you said about how Joy never stops dancing. Jen was the same way! I hope Joy continues to enjoy her dancing for many years. It only gets more fun watching them the more proficient they get.

I need to hop on over to Joy's blog now!

hugs, Linda

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Tammy, Your little girl is growing up!!!!! She's so gorgeous, and getting prettier every day.

Thanks for all of the wonderful pictures---of Joy, her friends, your family, etc... WONDERFUL!!!

Kindra said...

Joy always looks so happy. You can tell dance brings her such joy. Fitting, huh?! :)

Glad Colt is feeling better.

Linda said...

We had all those field days, dance recitals and final scocer games, too x times 3. All granddaughters--Next year the boys will be close enough to go to theirs, too. Mallory will be in high school this fall. Time goes by so darned fast.
I love what you all did for the home-schooled kids. Sara and her group in Colorado did, too. I hope they do something like that in Ankeny. Cole's group-4th grade-went to a Survival Camp . To quote: 'It was Awesome!!!'
Joy appears to get the most out of every day and every activity! Keep it up Sweetie!!!

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