Friday, May 18, 2012

Our Big Weekend - Part 3 - Dance Recital

So my last post left you with me rushing Cate out of the pool after her last heat of the swim meet and starting the process of getting ready for the dance recital.  The dance recital call time was 1:00 at theatre 10 minutes away from the pool.  I pulled Cate out of the pool at 1:05!  I had of course told the dance director that we'd be late and would do our best to be there by 1:30 and we hit the mark pretty closely because Cate actually was very cooperative.  She let us put make up on her, do her hair with hairspray and rush her through getting dressed.  She was also great the recital.  She sat in her seat with her class until time for them to go on then did the dance perfectly and left the stage with only a little guidance.  I was worried about the leaving the stage part.  She did great in the two rehearsals earlier that week during the dance but in both cases she refused to leave the stage arguing she want to twirl and "talk to people".  My little diva wanting the spotlight on her own! 

But on performance day she did awesome.  It was super cute and I was so proud of her.  I took video on a rehearsal day but you can't really see her so I'm not going to post it.  At least I have some good post-performance shots!
The girls danced to "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story 3 - the version with the Latin music ending.  All the girls in Cate's class are between the ages of 3-7 and have Down Syndrome.  They each have a teenage helper during practice and during this performance.  It is a great program for the girls to learn so many life skills about being part of a group on top of the great exercise and coordination work.  Their costumes were cowgirls and the helpers were lassoed horses!  Plus you won't find anything cuter than this class!!!
sitting patiently with her class at rehearsal


showing off the dance skills!

flowers from Cate's helper Megan

the rose is from us and she loved getting flowers - such a girl!

proud daddy

proud sister - you should have hear her clapping!!

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