Friday, April 25th.... The morning started with everyone going off to school and work. I left work at noon and went home to pack the car. We picked the girls up at school at 2:15 and headed downtown. We checked into the Hyatt and started to get Mariah dressed and in make-up.
Kianna jumped up on the bed, arranged the pillows and said "I love hotels!" She jumped on the bed and played. Caeli and Kianna love the lobby and all the statues. We walked over to the civic plaza and Mariah checked in.
Caeline was so excited to be at the Convention Center.
The show started at 5:30. Mariah was very nervous, but all her friends were so supportive. She was lucky and was the 16th solo to perform. I sat at the edge of my seat and was nervous the entire time she danced. She was amazing! She did the best performance that I have ever seen. They added some new (more difficult) moves in the last two weeks and she did each of them perfectly. When she walked off the stage all her friends were screaming and hugged her.There were 91 solos on Friday evening.
Caeli lasted as long as she could. finally she placed a shirt on the floor and went to sleep. Finally, about 10:00 the awards ceremony starts. The judges were harder here and I was so nervous. "When she loves me" received a Gold. After all the acts received their award, they presented the prizes. There were 5 Lyrical numbers and Mariah received the first place award! The girls were all screaming and jumping up and down.
We finally got back to the hotel at 11:00 and the girls fell into bed.
Saturday. April 26th... The girls were up early. They both checked into the Convention and began dance classes. Caeli was in the Minis and Mariah was in the Junior division. We had wrist bands and went back and forth watching the two classes.
Checking in with friends.
The Pearls worked very hard. They all had fun and were so excited to be there. They learned 5 new dances.
The Pearls dance company at Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention
The girls had a lunch break and everyone ate sandwiches at tables outside.
Then it was back for 2 more hours of dancing.
Mariah performed later in the afternoon. Her dances were great. We waited around for the end of the show and the awards ceremony. Hair Spray and What I like About you; both received High Silver. Take Off With Us received a Gold and Safety Dance received Silver. The Dance Studio was also honored to have Hair Spray be picked as the "most creative" in their age group. They won many awards and everyone was excited.
We joined a few other families and went for a late dinner. We had 6 very tired, excited kids with us.
Sunday, April 27th... We let the girls sleep in and took them to breakfast before Mariah had to return to the Dance Convention. Caeline was disappointed that she could not dance again today. She found a cute dance outfit and stayed on the sidelines, but danced most of the time. She also practiced one handed cartwheels and blowing bubbles. Kianna loves all the girls and went from one group to another.
The Convention ended at 4:00 and we were glad to head home. It was a fun weekend.