1. I am really grateful for the age appropriate costumes that our studio director insists upon. One word to describe the majority of the little girl dance outfits there: Prosti-tot. Also grateful for the age appropriate choreography that our director insists upon. Watching 8 year old girls do pelvic thrusts and shimmies is just a little awkward for everyone. One of the Moms next to me said, "Well, someone has to train the future strippers of the world." It was that bad at times.
2. Benjamin is very chill in the face of a big deal when there are lots of girls watching him.
3. I am not very chill in the face of a big deal for my baby! I stood and fidgeted for almost two hours before he even came on stage. Only then did I sit down.
4. I NEED to pack ibuprofen for the next competition. I had a headache and the loud and blaring music combined with shrieking girls was no fun.
5. I am so lucky to have a boy because it means I don't need to mess with the crazy eye makeup and false eyelashes that everyone else in the studio has to worry about.
6. Simply having a boy in your dance gets you an extra 3 points in competition. It's not much, but every little bit helps, right?
7. Apparently bronze, silver, and gold are passe. Instead we now have gold, high gold, and platinum. Ridiculous.
8. When you own a studio and know a few neat little tricks and have like 80 numbers from your studio performing on the same day, PLEASE don't put those few neat tricks in EVERY SINGLE DANCE. I wanted to throw rotten fruit at the choreographer every time the girls from that studio did the same move in every dance. I should bring rotten fruit next time. And buy a program so I know who the choreographers are.
9. The kids at our studio are really kind to one another.
10. Benjamin is a good dancer. I don't know where it comes from, but I'm glad he got it, and I'm glad he's really enjoying it. Next year he wants to compete with the tap company also. And be an assistant for tap and hip hop classes. I'm glad he's loving this right now. I don't know how long it will last, but the social and physical skills he's learned over the course of the last 6 years will be an asset to him forever.