Finishing the year with a bang – and some ice!

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As Houston is coming out of the “polar vortex”, I am finally gathering my thoughts from the last couple of months.  Houston Rocks, The “Iced” Challenge and The Challenge Redux all coming your way!

The Challenge series has been a fun way to bring the community together the last few years – kudos to Barry Jones and Johnny Siharath for coming up with such a great idea.  For a little background, check out my post from last year, the Challenge 2012.

Houston Rocks was in November and was super fun with the addition of the newcomer J&J division.  It was so great to see so many new competitors to the scene.  Some people just wanted to see what it was about and others wanted to start their competition careers!  There were a lot of jitters, but everyone did a great job.  I was especially proud to see my own students competing and doing so well!

Then it was time to prepare for the Challenge and the Robert Royston musicality intensive.  The intensive had some great information as usual with Robert and I especially enjoyed the individual critiques.  Unfortunately, the next day a huge ice storm came into town and the original Challenge had to be postponed.  Good news for us though – we were already in town and was able to schedule our own mini intensive with Robert for 2 hours.  Completely and totally worth it.  Not only did he give us stuff to work on together – he also gave us very specific drills and concepts to work on our own.  Highly recommend it, if you can manage it!

Fortunately, the Challenge was able to get rescheduled and we just returned from the event on Sunday.  I’m usually using this time of year to get geared up for ACC, but since my knee injury and Trent’s shoulder injury, we haven’t been able to do much practice time.  Maybe because of this, my energy going into the weekend was a bit low.  But by Saturday night, the place was packed and we had a great time!  Houston came really close to winning the team trophy back again, because of an incredible showing by our newcomer dancers!  Next year!

Now time to start a new year!  ACC, here we come!

New Year’s Eve (Eve) in Dallas

Back at work today, but I just keep thinking about all the special moments from the weekend at Barry Jones and Johnny Siharath’s New Year’s Eve Eve workshop and party.  We just love working with them and we are so fortunate to have gotten another opportunity to do it again!

We had the pleasure and privilege of teaching our newly revamped Intro to Slow Whip workshop this weekend.  We had a great turn out and by the end of the class, we really felt like we achieved our goal: for those in the class to get a good overview of what slow whip is and the general idea of how it works so that they can try it out when a good song comes on!  We had some wonderful feedback from attendees – thank you to everyone who attended!

The rest of the weekend was a bit of blur – there were WCS workshops taught by Patty Vo, JB Brodie, and Barry Jones, as well a a SWANK! workshop by none other than Brent and Kellese Key!  There were two theme nights – the Masquerade party and the White party, both of which were a blast!

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