Day 5: COMPETITION. We got up pretty early for a good breakfast so we’d have enough energy for the day. The buses took us to the theater where we competed. Each group had their own dressing room. It ended up being a little cramped, especially since we have so much stuff for each costume. I took some photos in the dressing room.
Lil’ T and Emily did a great job on their pointe duet, even though Emily had a major spaz because she almost dropped her fan, but I thought they did really well anyway. I spent most of the morning stretching, thanks to the ballet instructor from workshops yesterday. We performed our “lyrical” piece, Kaleidoscope, which really wasn’t very lyrical at all, especially since THERE ARE NO LYRICS. We did okay, especially considering my ankle had swelled up overnight and didn’t seem to want to do anything resembling an elevé. Naomi got ready for her lyrical solo while the rest of us chilled in the dressing room. I started eating lunch early. 🙂 We had ABC market food that we’d bought the night before. When the first half of the competition finished, there was a short awards ceremony before the official lunch hour. Lil’ T and Emily got Gold for their duo (gradings were either Gold or Silver, based on the number of points the judges gave), Kaleidoscope got Silver, and Naomi got Silver for her solo.
After the lunch break, Connie danced her “naked” solo, as she calls it. I think she did well, but I was putting on my Chinese toe shoes for my solo. Norinne had a solo from her other studio, so she was putting on all the billions of parts of that costume. She did a really good job with her solo, too. Barely half an hour later, she did her AMAZING modern solo. Entitled “Walking in the Rain,” it’s set to a popular Taiwanese song about trying to forget a past love. In the dance, Norinne wets her hair in a bucket, then flings the water all over the stage as she climbs on a chair. It’s really cool. I performed my solo about ten minutes later, which went pretty well, except the stage was MASSIVE. I ended late because I had to run so far >.<
Our group ethnic/folkloric piece was the last, and I thought we did really well with good energy (except Connie messed up a little at the beginning, but it turned out fine). Afterwards, we changed and watched the last few dances before awards.
All our solos all got Silver; same with our group piece. For the special awards, Lil’ T and Emily’s duet received Best Costume for the teen category, and Naomi received Best Emotional Expression in the senior category.
I missed sunset today, but it started raining while we were on the bus on the way back. For dinner, we went to Chili’s, where we stuffed ourselves silly. Norinne got a cool drink.