Monday, November 16, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance. . . Dance, Dance, Dance

This year for my birthday in July, my kids gave me tickets to the live show of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. The long awaited for date finally arrived this weekend. Since Craig is pretty much done attending concerts, I took Ruth with me. However, Craig did go to Las Vegas with me and we had such a fun weekend staying with Ruth and Dwight. On Friday night we went to Outback for a lovely dinner and then to the Improv. It was such a fun night.
On the way to the Improv, which is in Harrah's, we passed Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill! They humored me just long enough to take this one picture.
The next day we had brunch at the Bagel Cafe, a great deli where everything is so delicious it's difficult to decide what to order! Josh Melvin met us there and came over to hang out for awhile while Charlie and the girls were at Disneyland for the weekend. We got home just in time to have a visit with Jeremy, Stephanie, Shelby and 8 week-old twins Asher and Bridger. It is always so much fun to see them, and the new babies are so cute and look so much like their big sister. Aunt Marcia came by for a visit so we all took turns holding and feeding babies. It just doesn't get much better than that. I think I'm holding Bridger and Marcia is holding Asher.

Marcia Rockwell is Ruth's former sister-in-law and she introduced us while the Melvin's were visiting in Moreno Valley over 15 years ago. It was fun to catch up with my dear friend, Marcia. She teaches Kindergarten and lives in Las Vegas now. Her hair is so cute short!
That evening, Craig and Dwight scored row 13 tickets to the UNLV basketball game while Ruthie and I went to our show. It was such a blast! They did all the best dances, and the dancers all took turns introducing each other. All the dancers did solos and there were video highlights of them from the season. It was so much fun to see those dances we loved from Season 5. I was so glad that even though they didn't make the top 10, Phillip and Caitlyn were included in the entire performance. So that meant we got to see Caitlyn and Jason's bollywood dance and Phillip and Jeanine's hip hop from the first show. The big joke of the night was Phillip and Jeanine sneaking out and trying to do the Russian Folk dance throughout the performance. If you follow the TV show, you'll know how awful that one was. It was really funny and finally towards the end of the evening they got to perform it, and just after they began all the dancers joined them for a much better version. I guess you had to be there, but it was such a fun show, and it was 3 hours long.
The first dance was the disco by Brandon and Jenette that was one of my favorites. We weren't sure how the pictures would turn out, but you can kind of get the idea. I wondered if the dances would be as good or translate as well on the big stage and it was wonderful! Thanks again for such a fun birthday present. You're the best children in the whole world!!!!!

I wrote down all the dances so I could tell the kids, so if you don't watch SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, you can skip the rest of this post. Here's my list of the dances performed:

Brandon & Jenette - Disco
Phillip & Jeanine - Hip Hop (by Tabitha & Napoleon- so sweet)
Randi & Evan - Butt dance
Kayla & Kupono - vampire dance
Top 3 girls: Jeanine, Kayla and Melissa - Super hero dance
Top 3 boys: Brandon, Evan and Ade- Willie Wonka dance
Caitlyn & Jason - bollywood
Melissa & Ade - Romeo & Juliet pas de deux -amazing!
Kayla & Jason - Broadway
Ade & Jenette- Dr Funk, Love, Sex and Magic
Melissa & Evan - get me to the church on time broadway
Brandon & Jeanine - battlefield, contemporary
all 12 - group rumba, tango ( dancing on the table tops - splashing water)
all 12 - group mirror props - one(from chorus line)
Brandon & Jenetter - bank robbers
Kayla & Jason - zombies
Kayla & Brandon -Life ( O.R. table)
all 12 - group russian folk dance spin off
Kayla & Kupono - Addiction
Jeanine & Jason - Heart Necklace by Travis - my very favorite
Jenette & Ade - cha cha
Jeanine & Brandon - paso doble
Melissa & Ade - "this woman's work" about breast cancer


MarkandBec said...

So glad you had such a fun weekend & Dad went along too! Can't wait to have you guys here!!

Tiffany Johnson said...

What a fun trip!!! I'm jealous you got to see it in person! So fun.