Wednesday, October 14, 2009

BYU DANCERS INVADE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! LIFT SPIRITS! LEAVE US LAUGHING!

Last night, the hubs and I were the excited and grateful recipients of FOUR tickets to the BYU Ballroom Dancers. They are world class, competitive dancers who have been the USA champs every year since 1982. They've performed in 34 countries with two command performances in two different countries. They put on a 90 minute show that was spectacular. We took our 5-year-old grand-daughter Mae and her great-grandmother Connie. The dancers are currently touring through southern and mid coast California. We were so blessed to get tickets. We have seen the flyer for the dancers and we wanted to go so badly, but we just didn't think it was going to be a possibility. Then Emmy called and asked if we would like to go and take Mae and then Connie and we were ECSTATIC!!!

The show was everything it promised to be. The costumes, the music, the beautiful young people dancing. All of it was incredible. The most joyous part of the evening was sitting to Mae and watching her. It was her first experience with anything of this magnitude so I was especially privileged to watch her reaction to all of this....and we were in the SECOND ROW, so she was truly up close and personal with all of it.

Those dancers move like fluid-when they leap, your heart leaps with them. They floated out on stage with their feathers and chiffon and the men would pick up the women like they were nothing but sequined air. I turned and looked at Mae and she was sitting there, with her eyes as big as I've ever seen them. My heart was bursting!!! After the first dance and the stage darkened, Mae turned to me and asked, "Is it over?" and I said, "Honey, this is just beginning" and she sat back totally entranced. Halfway through the show she finally asked me, "Is this 'Dancing With the Stars'?". No...not at all...

What was touching was that as we pulled out of the driveway, her mom was telling her, "Watch these dancers Mae. They're modest. You can do this when you're older. They're always appropriate." It warmed my heart. Mae dresses so modestly-even at her tender age, she is cognizant of her appearance.

It was just a great night. Connie and I enjoyed each other's company so much. She is a great lady, beloved by all in the stake. Mae was in heaven and Peter adored it. He truly had a blast. After the show, he scooped up Mae and made sure that she got to meet the dancers-about twelve of them in their beautiful make up and costumes. They came down from the stage and mingled with everyone and thanked them for coming. They even walked us to the door of the lobby and continued to thank us. Great kids! Great show! Great night!

3 comments:

Linda said...

I can almost see it!

The Katzbox said...

Linda, I totally was remembering the time you took us to LA to watch The Lion King. Remember how magical that was? I have never forgotten that. Remember how much fun Donny had? He loved those big productions. They lit him up. It was so generous of you. So yea...I'm certain you can almost see it...it would have really appealed to you...

Emmy Slusser said...

Mae is STILL talking about it. I am so thankful you were able to go and have that experience with her! SO THANKFUL!! I was thinking about the four of you sitting there together - each of you from different parts of the world, different backgrounds. . . and, yet, you were there together, connected to each other through love and that makes me so thrilled. Mae is so blessed to have so many wonderful grandparents all around her and afar. IT was a special night for MaeMae . . .of course, it would have been special if there had been no BYU dancers and she was simply with her grandmas and crazy PawPaw Peter. LOVE YOU!!
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