Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Dancing Fever

Things have been hectic, fun, awesome, overwhelming, and ridiculous in the life of Katie lately.
Spring season means Dance Competition season for me.  I've been incredibly busy the last month or so getting all of my groups, duos, and soloist ready for the stage.

We just completed two weekends in a row of competition.

I have never been so proud of my dancers.  We received top scores and awards and special judge's awards for dances throughout the studio, and I was incredibly honored last weekend to receive a Choreography Award for my dynamic duo's musical theater performance.

There were only two given out the entire weekend with around 290 dances to choose from, so it's an incredible honor to get it.  In addition to that, all of my dancers received overall category and age high scores, judge's choice awards, and even some of the highest scores of the entire weekend.
It's exhausting, nerve-racking, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  :)
I'm definitely happy, though, that this week we're going to be winding down a little bit.  We've been all pushing so hard that both dancers and teachers are getting pretty sick, so it was nice to have a little more of a relaxing week last week during dance spring break.  We have one more competition at the end of April, so we'll begin to amp it up again these next couple of weeks.
I did manage to squeeze in some "spring" climbing.

I only put quotation marks around that because I'm using the word "spring" very loosely.  Yes, I got to climb out side at Palisade.  Yes, it was rock climbing, which was great.  BUT my friends and I may have been a tad over-excited to climb in weather that wasn't exactly spring flowers.
I believe the high was 35 degrees, and with a wind coming straight off of the lake, my hands froze trying to complete anything resembling climbing.
I would shove in a hand jam, move it around a little, but because my hands were so cold I couldn't even tell if it was a proper jam or not.  Super fun. :)

Luckily I was with awesome people that all played it off as our favorite "Type-2 fun", and we warmed up quickly with soup and sandwiches at one of the amazing places to eat up the shore.
We're just going to have to wait a bit until the real spring appears up here in the north.  Until then, I'll be ramping up my running to get rid of some of the winter squish I've accumulated over the last few months and climbing a few days a week to get into shape.
I have a lot of summer excitement planned, so it's important that I can execute all of it... ;)