Claire's dance company went to Dallas again this year for national competition. We left Friday morning with our good friends, Rachel and mom-Diana in tow. The drive up was fun, as the girls were excited and ready to dance! Claire did more dances in much less time this year, so Saturday and Sunday were pretty much all work, no play! Dancing started bright and early Saturday morning. We did get to go to a mall Saturday for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and a little shopping. More dancing Saturday afternoon and evening led to dinner with another dancer and her parents afterwards. Sunday was another early morning with only a small break for lunch between dances. Our car had 8 costume changes in all, 5 of which were Claire's. The groups all scored Platinum medals and Claire's lyrical dance "Friends" was 2nd overall in the Junior Small Group category. That's saying alot as they had some stiff competition this year...including one of Claire's other dances and her friend Rachel's dance! But neither of those placed in the overalls this time. Two of Claire's other dances placed 2nd overall and 6th overall. It was a successful competition and a whirlwind of a weekend, not to mention an emotional one! Last competition with our ATD (All That Dance) family. Lots of tears were shed by lots of people. I was touched to know that so many people would miss us! They will be missed too!
Rachel, Claire and Jessica at dinner Saturday night. They were all "orphans" together this year and "bugs" last year.
We made it to TEXAS!