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June 9, 2019

Three kids in dance meant that we had three separate recitals this weekend - Amelia in preballet on Friday at 6:30pm, Matthew on Saturday at 5pm in acro and Elizabeth on Sunday at 5pm. Actually Elizabeth was supposed to be in the Sunday morning production as well but she had a karate tournament so we begged off.


Amelia seemed more engaged than at Christmas. It's possible this had something to do with the promise of a Kinderegg if she did her best to follow the teacher. I felt that she made a big effort.


It was Matthew's first recital and he was VERY EXCITED. According to Matthew he doesn't dance - he does acro and they don't dance during acro but learn "stuff". Later he conceded they learned a short dance for the recital but seemed to feel this was interrupting the real classwork. He said he was watching the helper extra closely because she forgot their dance during the dress rehearsal and he wanted to see which parts she was going to leave out(!)


Elizabeth was part of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. We were very entertained by the whole production - the studio seems to be getting better and better at these. Elizabeth's dance was very creative and one of my favourites. I also really enjoyed the croquet game which featured dancers contorting themselves over backwards into hoops and then the flamingo dancers "kicking" the little hedgehogs (who were 5 or 6 year olds) through the hoops. It was very effective.


All my dancers did a great job and Matthew was particularly excited to get a dance tshirt as well as his costume to keep afterwards.


Elizabeth, Matthew and Erika all signed up to compete at the inhouse tournament. Maria sadly was too nervous; perhaps as she gains confidence in her skills she might try it out.


Matthew competed against 18 other little boys using his latest kata. It is a little loose but he put in a solid effort. Unfortunately Daddy had technical difficulties and did not manage to video it, so I got Matthew to do a replay for me later at home. We reckon he came middle of the pack, although they only rank the first three positions at his level so hard to know for sure. He was quite content with his "cool medal".


Erika was competing in her first tournament and was happy to discover she was in an event of only two people so guaranteed gold or silver. She took double gold, but unfortunately her sparring gold was by virtue of no competition. She put in a wonderful kata to take the gold.


Elizabeth was competing for the first time as a junior black belt, and also took double gold (three competitors for kata and two for sparring). She was ecstatic as it was her first time getting a gold. "I won fair and square!"


June 5, 2019

Elizabeth was very happy to get her black leader badge today! She came home in between classes and asked Daddy if he wouldn't pretty please sew it on in time for her late night class with Sensei Suba. (He did)


June 4, 2019

Introducing Miss Black Belt, in full regalia, right before her first class as a black belt. She might be slightly excited...


June 2, 2019

I have been having a reoccurring nightmare that Elizabeth would come down with stomach flu Saturday night and be unable to attend her black belt ceremony, so I made Elizabeth go to bed early much of the week.


This morning she came bouncing upstairs to tell me that my dream did NOT come true. For some reason the message that we ought to get there early for seating did not get passed on. Elizabeth actually didn't tell us until the morning of that she was supposed to be there early, which led to a little bit of stress!


However we made it and even found some chairs. Our whole family plus Grandma J, Uncle Chris, Auntie Yukiko, Erika, Maria, Auntie Janice, Uncle Mark and friends Dianne, David, Aidan, Caitlyn and Evelyn all came to watch.


They put on their show and got their new belts and then the newly minted black belts got to give out roses to the person that supported them the most on their black belt journey. Elizabeth gave hers to Sensei Cody. Then she went around getting pictures and signatures from various other senseis and generally had a grand time.


Now she gets to learn "the fun stuff", apparently. Many people asked her whether she's done. Her goal is to get a couple of degrees and then evaluate. She does think that maybe she doesn't need to go to the dojo five or six times a week next year, so as to carve out a bit more time to just chill. We're definitely on board with that!


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