This weekend was fun for more reasons than just wearing a Burger King paper crown most of the day Sunday, though I did that, too. This weekend, our daughters had a Studio Show from the performing arts studio they attend - "Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio."
Although these sorts of things are generally known best for their tediousness, I actually look forward to the shows from this studio. This studio is not centered around the dance competition circuit, and the students (both kids and adults) really seem to have fun with their performances and each other. I know that both of our kids really enjoy doing the show, and I'm pretty sure it's not just because of the zebra cakes (now a future hit song!) backstage!
Each dance class presents a dance, plus there are also some solo dances and even vocal solos!
This particular year, the show was centered around 80's music and style, and was called "The 80's Lizard Show." And, yeah, they really try to work that whole "Lizard" theme into everything. Rebecca was in about 8 dances, due to being in two classes (a jazz class and a ballet class) and plus she is in the studio's touring group, which did a bunch of numbers from "Grease" to frame the two acts in the show. Rachel is in a single class that covers jazz, ballet, and tap. Here are a few shots I took at the dress rehearsal on Friday.
This is the grand finale of Rachel's dance to the "Stray Cat Strut." They are "clawing" at the audience! This dance was very cute, and I was impressed with how well Rachel did. Rachel is on the far left, and her and her classmates were positively beaming the whole dance. It was funny!
This is Rebecca performing in a Janet Jackson's "Control." Though you can't see it in this photo, she loved this costume due to the chains that were on it. I'm pretty sure she did some arm-length self-portraits of this one! I had a lot of fun taking low-light pictures at the rehearsal, and played around a lot with silhouettes and blurring, which are two of my favorite things to do with photography. To me, it seems like dancing has really clicked with Rebecca this year. She was incredible in this dance and it was quite tricky, it seemed to me. Oh, and it's just coincidence that both of these dances were dark with red lighting. There was a lot more variety to the show that it would appear!
Rebecca's ballet class did a dance to the song "Hallelujah." I lucked out and could take a long exposure where Rebecca (brightly lit in the center) was standing relatively still with dancers dancing behind her. Her friend in the right in this picture has been taking dance classes with Rebecca since they were wee lasses!
Of course, after the show, you simply MUST get your picture with the Studio mascot - The Lizard. All in all, it was another great show!