Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Tap Dance Recital

We did it.  This journey is finally at an end.  Last summer, we asked you to choose an enrichment activity for us.  You picked Tap Dancing.  We signed up for an 8 week class and tapped our asses off.  Then you asked for a performance. We were going to do something in Kate's driveway but someone suggested that was sad.  And also not humiliating enough.  So when the annual church variety show came around, we knew we'd found the perfect venue.

A couple of things to know before you watch our mind-blowing performance:
  • We went on kind of late in the show (we were the 11th out of 16 acts) and we directly followed an incredibly talented and lovely teenage girl singing a heartwarming rendition of the song "Temporary Home".  Everyone else was trying to hold back the ugly crying because it was so beautiful and moving and we were like: "Well great. Thanks a bunch. Now we have to follow THAT. Awesome."
  • The stage was carpeted.  Therefore you can't hear any tapping. Trust us when we tell you that this improved our performance.
  • There were hundreds of people there.  Hundreds.
  • The top hats we were wearing pooped sequins and paint chips everywhere so that we looked like we had scary, black, glittering dandruff all over us. 
  • Also, they were children's hats. So they were sort of small and unless you had them crammed on your head really hard - they would unexpectedly pop off.  It added an element of surprise to our performance that only we could truly appreciate.
  • Every act was allotted three minutes. We started our performance by projecting our training montage onto a HUGE wall.  So there we were ten feet tall - drinking raw eggs and doing bicep curls with T-boxes and screaming "JILLLLLLIAAAAAANNNNN!!!" in front of the Golden Age Ministry, Pastor Henry, God and everyone.  It was bad ass.
Here's the Training Montage again:


And here is the actual performance:


Right after the performance, Mini clapped her two year old hands with wild abandon and then wriggled out of her daddy's arms. She ran as fast as her pudgy legs could carry her towards the stage, past her mommy, right at the steps, screaming "BOOM BOOM POW! BOOM BOOM POW!"  We caught that baby before we she could selfishly steal our thunder.

Nobody puts Baby in the corner - except us.

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2011

50 comments:

  1. Man, I'm impressed! That was hilarious!

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  2. I watched it twice, because it put a smile on my face. Thank you! I think you are awesome for dancing in public....and posting the video to prove it. Way to go!

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  3. Yay! Staying up late has paid off! Very cute and entertaining. I bet everyone in the audience was, err, relieved to have some comic relief after that very moving performance before yours.

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  4. You ladies are Awesome. Sauce. Loved it!!

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  5. That.was.AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You girls have more guts than I do.... hilarious... lovely....did I mention HILARIOUS??????

    I love how you used the "clean" version of the song too.... nice touch. LMAO

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  6. That was truly inspiring! You gals rocked. And how often in a lifetime does one get to watch two outstanding women dancing to "Boom Boom Pow" with a big wooden cross in the background?

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  7. You are my heroes for putting that on the internet. You win. Forever. Love, love, love you guys! p.s. It is so badass that Mini tried to steal your thunder.

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  8. I just watched that with my 18-month-old daughter, and she clapped when it was over. Then she asked for "moh" (more). So obviously it was awesome.

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  9. You ladies are *awesome*. That's all I can say. :-)

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  10. I'm a former dance teacher so....hey wait, come back! Don't be afraid! I LOVED IT!! Seriously, you did a great job. It was good, simple choreography that let your personalities shine through. I love that you were up there not trying to be anything other than yourselves. AND, last of all, and this is going to sound like a total backstab but I mean it as a compliment: it was short. Boom boom boom, and leave them wanting a little more.

    BRAVO!! BOUQUETS!! BOOM!!

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  11. You Ladies ROCK!!! and TAP!!!

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  12. Awesome. Totally impressed. Excellent song choice for church. ;)

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  13. That was EPIC! I hope y'all celebrated with a t-box or four afterwards.

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  14. You guys are like the Nicholas brothers. Nicely done!

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  15. That was awesome! I laughed, but not because it was bad - because it was so totally, perfectly you!

    I also had a thought. Make sure you hang on to that recording, because it could be really great leverage to use with your kids. As in "You better knock that off right now or else I'm going to show the video of me tap dancing to all your friends when they come over, or maybe even project it on the wall during lunch at school."

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  16. Omg, too awesome! I had a giant grin on my face watching it! You guys are amazing going up there in the first place, never mind sending it out to us internets! Thanks for the smile :)

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  17. JACKED-UP, SUPER-FREAKING, AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. THAT WAS AWESOME! Love Love Love!

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  19. oh ladies!!! loved it. tears are streaming down my face.

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  20. That. Was. EPIC. And I love the song choice. Y'all ROCK.

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  21. I think you did a fine job, and am looking forward to seeing you both on the next season of Live to Dance.

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  22. I love you ladies!!!! This was all kinds of awesome! You two have something very special... Cherish each other!

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  23. I have never clapped out loud to a post before! KUDOS!! ENCORE!!! I loved it so much I watched it twice! You guys ROCK. Lydia, those were some serious feet of fury going on there - wowsa!!
    You guys are Boom boom NOW.

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  24. Hahahahaha.. this was EXACTLY what I needed today. You 2 put your lil hearts and booties right into it and I agree.. what a taptastic song for church lol.. Keep it up ladies! Can't wait to see what your next adventure is. Lots of love from Lovell, Maine. BTW.. I think we should work together and do a photo shoot. I'm a professional portrait/modeling photographer and I think we'd have a BLAST doing a shoot.

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  25. OMG, that was hilarious! And not in a bad way! I would never have the guts to do that! I love Lydia's freestyle! Girl's got some MOVES!!!

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  26. Awesome! What's next? We want to vote on another activity for you incredibly talented ladies:)

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  27. That was so amazing! I wish I had the guts to do something like that. You are setting a good example to your kids to step out of your comfort zone. BRAVO!

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  28. The freestyle was by far and away the best part. You totally schooled that "Temporary Home" kid!

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  29. Best.Ever. Anywhere. Who does this for us? You rocked it like a rockstar. Or a boy band. :) And yeah, like Hope asked, do we get to pick a new activity??

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  30. You guys are so CUTE! I love it!

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  31. Lydia You rock!!!

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  32. If you snitches rocked any harder, the world would break in two.

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  33. Lydia...
    that
    freestyle
    was
    murtherfurking
    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Epic, Ladies!...I am proud of you both! And the audience CLEARLY loved you. Clearly.

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  35. It is official. I love you.

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  36. My husband just walked by, peeked over my shoulder, watched for a minute, and whispered, "Fireblade!"

    That means you're uber-awesome. I agree.

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  37. Ya'll are just too, too awesome. Epically whacktacular!!
    ~jazz hands!~

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  38. Kate and Lydia FTW! Thanks for sharing your epic moment. TOTALLY made my day. Week. Life. Love!

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  39. You two are amazing! And I hate to copy everybody else, but that was awesome. Just plain awesome.

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  40. That was AWESOME. Lydia you broke it DOWN during the freestyle! The song was perfect and I loved seeing your personalities come through. Well done. I can't wait till your next "enrichment" project...you just have to do another one.

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  41. WONDERFUL!! *standing ovation*

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  42. That REALLY was awesome! Both of you! Mad skills, ladies! Also, Lydia you totally reminded me of the girls in dance recitals who would know what she was doing so the teacher put her in front for he rest of the 3 year olds to copy. :) Good enthusiasm!

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  43. I know this is way late but I started from the first post and trying to catch up.

    Watching this made my night (morning) great job. I think I need to tell you guys this, because of the both of you lovely ladies I told my hubs that we are going to take a dance class. He said ok salsa.....lmbo he's too white for it so it should be a fun time.

    I hope the white man robot dance will be considered salsa dancing.

    Thank you for putting it out there. Hope I catch up so I can vote on the next awesome, crazy thing you gals do!

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