Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lyrical Routine for Showcase

During March, the drill team started preparing for our upcoming showcase.  We had the opportunity to work with a new choreographer named Matt Delly.  He set a lyrical piece on our team and we had a great time working with him.
Thanks Matt for working with us!

It will be a beautiful dance and we can't wait to perform it in our showcase in May.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sharing Bag in Preschool

Kendrick has been doing so good in preschool.  He loves it!  I was worried he may not like it or be too young to start, since he was only three.  But he looks forward to school every week and asks everyday if it is a preschool day.

In March, Kendrick got a turn to bring home the "sharing bag"  This is where the student gets to bring something back to share with the class.  There was a note in the bag and he needed to bring something that started with the letter "P".  It needed to be something that he could give the class clues as to what he brought and they could guess what was in the bag.  It also needed to fit in the bag.

The clues that Kendrick gave the class were that they are comfy.
They are soft and you wear them at bedtime.

 Pajamas!
Kendrick was so excited to get the sharing bag!  

A student in my business communications class is a teacher in the preschool and she took the pictures and also videoed for me.  The quality isn't as good and it is sideways, but oh well! 
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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Ryan's Birthday Party

On March 8, 2014, we went to Ryan's birthday party.  It was at Hang Time in Orem.  Kendrick had a great time jumping and hanging out with his cousins and Ryan's cousins from the Nielson side.
 Posing for a pic.
 Kendrick, Ryan's cousin name?, Max, Jake, Ethan, and Ryan
Sorry - bad pics, but they are all I have.  
Fun times!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

MMHS is Fox 13's Cool School of the Week

On March 5, 2014, "Big Buddha" of TVs Fox 13, came to MMHS to film segments to be on TV because MMHS had been selected as the "Cool School of the Week".  

The drill team was asked to perform and our segment was shown on TV.  We performed our award-winning hip hop routine.  Here are some pics with Big Buddha:
 The team with Big Buddha
Another teacher offered to take a pic so I could be in it. :)

It was a fun day and we had a big assembly that morning.  We were so honored to be asked to represent our school and that we were able to be on TV! 

Click on the link below to see the TV segments:

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Ellevés Trip to New York City

On February 27, 2014, the MMHS Ellevés made school history once again as the first performing group to go to New York City.  We had tried two years prior, to get the trip approved, and the district denied it.  But now, the trip total cost had been raised and so it was approved.  Here are some pictures and a few video clips from the trip.
 Me and the team posing as the airport.
 They loved their NY hoodies!
 So excited to go to NYC!
NYC - Ellevé style!

We took a red-eye flight and arrived to NYC at about 7 a.m.  We had a charter bus pick us up and take us directly to Battery Park so we could go to see the Statue of Liberty.  James was our tour guide.  He had been our guide when I took Payson drill team to NYC.  

He first took us to get some breakfast.  James always takes you to some pretty interesting places--not your typical food establishments.  It is good, and you get to experience New York in a different way!
Here we are ordering some food for breakfast.

Then we headed over to board the ferry boats to go out to the Statue of Liberty.

View from the ferry boat as we approached Liberty Island.
James, giving us some tour info before we head into security.

 Having a great time - but it was COLD!

 Ready to see the Statue.


 View of NYC from Liberty Island.
 Ellis Island  - we didn't go over there.  It is actually under some construction.
 Most of the Ellevés
Still smiling, even though they were freezing!
video

Once we arrived back to Battery Park, we went to another NYC lunch place that James took us too. Again, it was another New York experience that you wouldn't get, unless James was your guide!

Next up, was the 9/11 Memorial.  The museum wasn't open yet, but we could tour the grounds and see the water falls, etc.
Some of the Ellevés
On of the water falls
Me and my mom - my mom came on the trip with me.  It was fun to have her along with me.  Scott stayed home with Kendrick.  We decided that a three year old wouldn't really enjoy NYC, especially this time of year!  We are standing by the Survivor Tree.
 Then we headed back to our hotel which was very close to Times Square.  The evening was free to explore or rest.  Here's what most of the girls did:


 But, they were well-chaperoned!  Here are the chaperones.
 They really had a good time.
 And they took lots of pictures!
The next day we woke up early to take a city tour.  The bus tour was great, even if some of the girls and their moms took a little snooze!  :)



Lots of cool buildings and other sights!
  The Imagine mosaic at Central Park.
  Tom's Restaurant - well know from the Seinfeld episodes.

Morris-Jumel Mansion - George Washington stayed here during the Revolutionary War.
 Some of the girls posing on the porch.
 Posing in Washington Heights  - near the mansion.
 After the tour, we took classes at Broadway Dance Center.
The girls had a great time!
 That night we met in the hotel lobby and walked to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner.  Here are pics of each table:







 This is me, mom, Mr. Penrod and his wife Ann.

After dinner, we went to the Broadway show, "Newsies".  I was so excited to see this show!  I loved the movie when I was younger, so I was sure I would love the show!

 Madeline and Laney - excited to see the show too!

After the show, you can wait and see some of the actors.  They come out and greet people, sign autographs, etc. 
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 Some of the girls stuck around to see who they might see.

The next morning we woke up and had a tour of Radio City Music Hall, Top of the Rock, and then free time to shop.
 Entrance to Top of the Rock.

 Ice skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza.
 Radio City Music Hall
  Observation deck - Top of the Rock.
 Souvenir shopping!
 Lobby of Radio City Music Hall.
 Checking out Radio City.
 The stage at Radio City Music Hall.
 The group - in front of Radio City.
 Mom and me - Rockefeller Plaza.
 Observation deck with Brooke and Brooklyn - they wanted a pic with us!

 I've got the Empire State building in my hands! ha ha
 Another pic with some of the girls.
 View from the observation deck - Central Park is behind the buildings.

 Some of the Ellevés
The Chaperones

After the Top of the Rock, there was free time.  My mom and I went to see another show.  We went to Cinderella.  It was cute.  Carly Rae Jepson was starring in it.  Most of the group decided to meet for dinner at Ellen's Stardust Diner.
 We had to wait to get in.  They have singing waiters and performers.

We had a good time.  This was our last night in NYC!  Tomorrow they had to get up early to go to our last workshop and dance classes.
 Here we are - bright and early!  It had snowed a little bit so we had a brisk walk in the snow to our Disney workshop that morning.
The Disney workshop was a lot of fun.  They taught choreography from Newsies!  So the girls could relate to the movement because they had seen the show.  They also had to sing!
 They learned the choreography to "Seize the Day".  
 It is a fun number and they use newspapers.

 I had a great time watching them learn and perform the choreography!


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 The teachers were very energetic and positive - just like Disney!  

 The workshop was in the Pearl Studio.  While getting the girls down the elevator in two groups, I rode the elevator with someone famous, but I'm not really sure who it was?  I know she is someone that has been to Utah to see the Disney productions at Tuachan.  She got off the elevator a floor before us and a guy in the elevator said her name, but it didn't click who she was, now I can't remember what her name was.  She was older and probably a Broadway star that now works for Disney and has a connection with the Disney productions in Utah.  That's all I can figure?

We had a couple hours to get some lunch and rest before our classes at Broadway Dance Center.  A lot of the girls ate at this place:
They had good hamburgers, fries, and of course, shakes!

The team took classes again today at Broadway Dance Center.  One class was an experience for the girls!  The street jazz or maybe it was hip hop class had some suggestive and bad lyrics in the music the teacher was using.  But it wasn't just a swear word or two.  It was the teacher and he kept repeating the words and he wanted to movement to represent the words.  Anyway, it was more than the girls wanted to be exposed to.  I had moved to watch the other groups and I was coming back up from the basement when I ran into Jamie, my captain.  She told me what was going on and we went to the front desk and they quickly put them into another class.  They ended up loving the class they were put into and the teacher really made them feel special--he was an actor too.  He kept saying, "Utah, Utah," to them.

After the classes we had to hustle back to the hotel and load the bus and head to the airport.
 Our last walk through Times Square!


The trip had been fantastic!  I really felt like each girl had a great time and made some memories that will last a lifetime!  Going to New York is a dream for any dancer.  These girls had that opportunity and they also were able to see a Broadway show that had lots of dancing in it, take classes, and a Disney workshop where they learned actual choreography from the show they had seen.  They also got to see a lot of the city.  I'm so grateful for the opportunity I get to help make this dream a reality for these girls.  Thanks also to the district, MMHS administration, and the drill parents.  Without all of these people, the trip would not have been possible!  Thanks again!