Dec 1, 2018

Our First Dance Convention

A few years back Stella was invited to audition for company at Tari's School of Dance.  That year we were deep in competitive gymnastics and felt like we just couldn't squeeze in one more thing.  A couple of years later Cille got an invitation, and really wanted to try out.  We had heard horror stories about selling your soul to dance and how time consuming company was, and lots of other not so fun things, so we very carefully considered the commitment before allowing the girls to audition.  (Oh, did I forget to mention that Stella jumped on the bandwagon also?) To our surprise, they both earned spots on the team, and we began a journey that has changed us all for the better.  I can't say enough about this beautiful blonde lady in the photo below.  She is the real deal.  She sees potential that I would have never known existed and she teaches these girls so much about life (and lots about dance, too!).  We are so thankful that Mrs. Tari is studio mom to our girls. Here they are getting a last minute pep talk before taking the stage as mini's at their very first convention...
These costumes were for their "Proud Mary" dance and they shook it in a way that would have made Tina blush...
One of the best things about company are the sweet friendships that have formed...and I am talking about friendships for the girls AND the mommas! 

Our cute little "Toy Soldiers."  They all loathed these hats because they had to be attached with about 73 bobby pins each...



Our friends and family members came out to support the girls at competition!  Cham-Pour family for life! 

Oh, and we even had sweet friends Lorin and Logan Staup taking care of the little non-dancers back on the homefront, so a dance convention truly does take a village...
Make-up has never been my strong suit, but we get by with a LOT of help from my friends...looking at you, Jill LeBlanc! 
What a fantastic time the girls had at their first convention!  I am so proud of their hard work and appreciative of the way Mrs. Tari and the rest of the coaches are helping them learn and grow!  

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