They randomly choose a dancer's number to start off the competition. Curly has been one of the first few kids to dance in major competitions FREQUENTLY. She hates that. This time, she was dancing after 40 other kids. What a break! There were close to 100 girls under 12 in her competition. Mini turned to me at one point and shared with me that she was disappointed that I hadn't managed to hold Curly inside of me an extra two weeks in order to have her arrive in early Jan instead of Dec. 19th. If Curly was born in January, she would be the oldest dancer in her age group. Believe it or not, back when I was busting at the seams with baby- Irish dancing age groups was not my main focus.
|No need to disguise this mug, because it|
looks NOTHING like my 11 year
old. She took this because she wanted to
see if it was noticeable that one of her
fake eyelashes felt like it was falling off.
I hate when that happens.
Early that morning I paid a makeup lady to do Curly's makeup and attach her wig. *more eye rolls, please join me* Now as Mini and I helped her tape her shoes and stick sock glue under her socks I noticed that Curly's eyes were FILLED with tears. My true dance mom self stepped in.
|Curly in green and one of her many |
buddies is two people to her right.
|This is why it is fun to have Mini along - |
she agreed to snap this photo for me
of this ridiculous Snow White themed
Irish dancing dress. Complete
with the apple on the front.
Silly, even by Irish dancing standards.
AND . . . she did. Her first round, always her hardest - was outstanding. She looked great. High energy, lots of lift, etc. She was delighted to be done with that part of the day and the rest of the day was smooth sailing. (I mean unless you count when I forgot my cheaters were in my back pocked and they dropped in the toilet. Fortunately this happened BEFORE I peed).
|Yep, I packed my favorite, |
This is when it was finally over.
Too bad you cannot see my face:
too tried to be real, people.
She missed qualifying for World Championships by 1 place while we were in Vancouver. So, pressure! This was her next and last opportunity to qualify for this year's Worlds which will be held in Dublin in April. Mercifully they announced the world qualifiers before they started ranking the top 50 girls in reverse order. Curly was a world qualifier! Mini and I embraced (Curly was on stage at this point). She came in 9th overall, and was THRILLED!
I was thrilled, and relieved that it was over. Secretly, my bank account moaned a bit about financing a trip to Dublin.