Saturday, April 28, 2012


Kennedy took part in her first dance convention today called NUVO in Denver. I had heard about these conventions from other moms at our studio, and when this one was announced a few months ago, I asked Jeni, Kennedy's teacher, if she thought Kennedy was ready to go. They had a half day convention for newer, younger dancers, and Jeni thought that Kennedy might be ready to take it on, so I signed her up.

This morning as I got Kennedy ready to go, we talked about what her day would be like. When I pulled out her company warm up suit, she was convinced she was going to compete! HA! We got to the convention a little early so she could check things out... and WOW was it a little intimidating and overwhelming! There are a ton of very serious, very experienced dancers there. Kennedy watched in awe as I looked for familiar faces. Finally we found our peeps and settled in.

Kennedy had several friends in her classes, so that helped a lot (for me as much as for her! haha). They started out with 45 minutes of jazz, which is one of Kennedy's favorites anyway, but this teacher was SO super fun! She had the kids engaged and moving and taught them a cute little routine from The Lion King. Kennedy kept up pretty well and even got to be Simba. haha

After jazz they moved right into 30 minutes of tap with a different teacher. This is not Kennedy's favorite form of dance, but she tried hard... and liked it a little. HA! After tap they moved into 45 minutes of ballet with yet another teacher. He made sure Kenn kept up which was nice. She wore out in the middle of this class... partially from just being TIRED and partially because ballet is not one of her favorites either. ;) After a quick bathroom break and a juice box, she was ready to keep working though, and she tried hard and listened well.

They finished up with 45 minutes of hip hop (which made Kennedy very excited) and they learned a great routine. The teacher was awesome and I was amazed at how fast all the kids picked up the steps! I hear he's coming to the studio this summer to work with the kids more which is awesome! :) Yes, jazz and hip hop... that's definitely where my girl's heart lies.

At the end all the kids got a certificate of completion for their hard work. It was quite the afternoon! I am so glad that I signed Kennedy up! I wasn't sure how she would do or even what to expect really, but she did great and had a BLAST!! We got to the car and she said, "I want to do that again tomorrow!" HA!

Here are a few pictures... I took some video too but it's not uploaded yet. I'll try to get it up tomorrow. :)
The Kemper Dance Academy Girls before all the teachers wore them out! ;)

 Kennedy with the jazz teacher

 The KDA kids with Ivan, the hip hop teacher 

 Learning their jazz routine... 

 See Kenn being lifted? LOL She was Simba. She loved it! haha

 Stretching in Ballet 

My nose used to be able to touch my toes once. Or not. 

OK That's all! All the kids are sleeping soundly... for some reason Kennedy didn't even argue about going to bed tonight. How about that! ;) Night all! 


Lynn said...

This is great! Looks like she had a lot of fun!
True comfort comes only from the Lord! Praying that the Lord will bless you with His comfort right now.
Psalms 71:20-21 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
My email address

Anne B. said...

What an awesome day for Kennedy!!! Or should I say Simba!!! Too cute!! (((HUGS))) from RI!

The Adventures and Misadventures of Morrison InC. said...

Is that Ivan from So you think you can dance??
He looks like him.
That is way cool.

Kimberly said...

This is fantastic!

Lynn said...

Know that I'm continuing to pray!
Psalms 57:1-2 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
My email address

The McCammons said...

Still praying...
She is so adorable...and yay for those exhausted sleep times lol. She looks like she had a complete blast! That is awesome!

Lynn said...

Praying right now.
Psalms 9:9-10 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
My email address