The Hip Hop costume was both kids' favorite in the recital. Ryan's step had a little added swagger in it when he put on his costume. And Molly became a just little bit sassy. They danced to "Get Your Head in the Game" from High School Musical. (WARNING: neither of their parents are experienced at capturing fast action shots in the dark, so they are all blurry).
Their second number was ballet, choreographed to the song "I Believe" from the movie Descendants. Ballet has always been my personal favorite to watch. There is nothing more lovely than seeing beautiful ballerinas gracefully gliding across the stage and strong young men leaping across the stage to soft, classical music. Molly loves to dance and does a good job in all three classes, but I feel like ballet is her strongest dance genre currently. I am not a dance teacher and the only dance I ever took was clogging, so I don't know if I am right. :) But what I do know is that I love Molly's smiley face when she performs on stage.
And I kind of love this picture with her on one foot. I know SHE knows the name of what dance step she is doing here, but she is asleep as I blog, so I can't ask her. And like I mentioned, I only know clogging terms. So if you want to know what a "rock step" is, then I am your gal.
As you can tell by her sweetly forced smile seen here, Molly did not let that smile leave her face, no matter what else she did or did not remember, she remembered to smile.
I love these beautiful ballerinas waiting to come on stage. Love the tutus, love the flowers in their hair, love the way the light is shining on their sparkles.
You might remember from December, that Ryan loved the lead Russian dancer in the Nutcracker and has set a goal to get as much height as he did by the time he is in 9th grade, too. He has just a few more feet to go.
Ryan even had a chance to lift his partner in the ballet performance.
We didn't catch the height of his second leap, but we caught the smile after he nailed it. One of the only times this guy smiled on stage. He told me boy dancers don't smile, they just look cool. (Not really sure where he got that idea from).
Coincidentally, all of the kids in the hip hop, ballet, and tap classes live in our neighborhood. Aren't they a great looking group of friends?
The third and final dance was tap. They danced to the Bruno Mars song "Runaway Baby." Ryan might prefer the hip hop costumes, but tap is his favorite type of dance. And he is really good at it. Which is funny, since he had zero interest in even trying it. "Did not want to put on the shoes the first day of class" disinterested. However, in order to try out for Nutcracker, he needed to enroll in a ballet class. And he REALLY wanted to be in the Nutcracker. The ballet class that Molly was in had an opening but it was a combo ballet and tap, so he begrudgingly did both and discovered a real talent that would have probably otherwise gone undeveloped. Don't you love how things like this happen? How God leads us to our gifts without us even knowing or planning it. I also love how Ryan doesn't ever remember not wanting to take tap at all. He has "always liked tap dancing. Forever." He started the fall just taking hip hop, and is now in three classes and has learned that he really loves to dance...and be on stage.
Miss Molly loves tap, too. I cannot believe how much she learned this year. She had only taken one tap class as a 3 year old, and no tap the past two years. I don't think I will ever tire of watching my little girl dance. Or the ridiculously adorable costumes she gets to wear.
After the recital, Miss Laura surprised the dancers with trophies and medals.
Thank you to the Kruegers for driving two hours to watch a less than two hour recital and then immediately turning around to drive two hours home. You rock! I love you!
And thank you Daddy, for working so hard to pay for two kids in dance classes and recital fees and costumes. All three of us really appreciate it! Big brother is missing from the pictures. Sadly, the stake's 11 year old scout camp was scheduled for the same day and time as the recital, but Andrew was able to come to dress rehearsal and see his favorite dancers perform a night earlier than the general public.
Thank you Miss Laura's Dance Studio for a wonderful dance year and for teaching my children so much!