The youth of the church in our area had the wonderful opportunity of doing what is called a Dance Festival. I had never heard of it before because we never did it in San Diego when I was a young. I did find out that both my mother and father had participated in one years ago at the Rose Bowl, the things you learn about your parents years and years later right? How come I never heard about this? I want to see pictures, that would be classic!
Anyway, the youth practiced all summer long for this big performance, at the end of the week they were practicing up to twice a week. A ton of time and effort was put into this event and pretty much all of the services were volunteer.
The night arrived and my friend Megan and I were asked to go down and help out with the youth. We got there early and did what we could to help out, I got some shots while everyone was hanging out before and then we headed out into the stands. I am SO GLAD that we got to watch it!!! The kids did an amazing job and it was just so cool to see so many kids come together having so much fun and pulling off this great evening. Here are some of the shots I got from my seat up in the stands. I was far away and do not have much of a zoom lens so the pics are not amazing but I am glad that I was able to get what I got. This is for sure an evening I am going to remember. I can just imagine what the experience would have been like for me if I had a kid out there performing. My young women and Kipper's young men from our old ward were involved so it was cool knowing some of the kids out on the field! I hope that someday when I have kids at that age I am able to watch them do something like this. What a cool experience it was! Great Job to all that were involved, it really came together nicely!
This is all of the kids from our Stake
Some of the kids from my ward
More kids from my ward.(The one in the middle looks like he could be Kipper's little brother it kinda freaks me out how much he looks like Kip and Rick.)
My Mia Maids that are now Laurels that I miss SO MUCH! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED, their dance and I have to give a shout out to Lina the Tomboy on the far right who got in a Princess dress and danced with a Young Gentleman like a Princess, SO CUTE!!!
The stands were PACKED!!! Both nights they performed more than 7,000 came from both nights!
Me looking way, way stoked to be there and Megan pretending not to be as excited as she really was. Sorry Megan for posting this pic, it is funny!
Opening number, Priests and Laurels
Beehives, the group in the front are kids from our ward.
Deacons, Looking good.
And the balls start flying, it was Cute!
The Prince and Princess dance, it was WAY COOL!
One, Two, Cha, Cha, Cha...!
All the kids made an American Flag at the end, it was so cool! There were fireworks and a tribute to all the solders.