The Busy Giffs: Competitive Dance Team

June 4, 2018

Competitive Dance Team

This year we started a new adventure-- competitive dancing!
I will admit I was hesitant... I've never even seen an episode of Dance Moms, but the world of competitive dance has always just sounded catty and a bit crazy.


Emma has put in months of work.  Dance classes are twice a week plus at least once a month she has a private lesson for her duo and a semi-private technique class.  Each class helps her become a stronger dancer and more confident in her ability to compete! Her dance teacher is unbelievably amazing.  She's encouraging and nurturing, but pushes Emma to constantly strive for more.  The ambition and determination she has embedded in Emma is unreal.

At competitions Emmalee competes in 2 group dances, as well as duo with her cousin.  Every time she takes the stage, I am in awe of her and her friends.




So much sass. And determination. And focus. And drive.

All the hard work has paid off. After 7 competitions, she has quite a few pins and awards on her lanyard. Some are for her duo and some are with her group dances.  I am constantly in awe of what she accomplishes.

Beyond the Stars:







StarQuest:








Platinum: 




In10sity:



Each competition was a chance for her to spend time with her friends and push herself in a way she hadn't before.  Whether the girls were all playing with Snapchat in the audience or dolls back stage, or if they were stretching together and giving high faves and hugs after performances... it was amazing to see this new little family emerge. Celebrating Tyler birthday at the Platinum competition was especially fun for him-- he was surrounded by so many of his favorite "big kids".

With our dance recital 3 weeks away and our National competition just over a month away, we're sad to see the end of this season, but are hopeful about next season! Emmalee has grown so much as a dancer this year, I can't wait to see how far she will go!

xo, Heather

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