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Alyce had so much fun on Saturday. She was the youngest to attend The Remix Hip Hop Intensive in Omaha this last Saturday. It was an intermediate/advanced class for all ages and she has been wanting to go to one with her cousin Taylor (the blonde standing beside Alyce in the picture) so badly.
We took off for Omaha early Saturday morning with my neice Taylor, her friend and fellow Prophet member (and a dancer at the studio Alyce and Taylor attend), Ashley, with my sister in law Shelley at the wheel.
Alyce pointed out that I forgot to tell her that Omaha was 2 hours away from us by car, she didn’t realize it was going to be such a long drive. Oops.
Cousins who hip hop together, stay together? 🙂
Alyce was the littlest in the room but she kept up really well. I was impressed because these classes looked really advanced to me. She didn’t seem overwhelmed at all and if she couldn’t do a part she just kept trying. I know she turned to Taylor and said this is fast!
In the mirror
Make sure you watch Ashley and Taylor in the videos below! Amazing dancers!!! <3
Alyce with 4 of the teachers – Danielle Leigh, Joey Reed, Justin Bennett (you’ve seen him on my blog before!), and Angie Whaley.
Justin had the sweetest words to say about Alyce at the end of the day.
“This little one killed it today!! The youngest in a group full of teens to adults…and she took all 5 classes!! Makes me feel great when kids love something so much they put their everything into it… Taylor your cousin is adorable!! ?#?nationaldayofdance? The Remix Hip Hop Intensive”
Give Justin a follow on Instagram and Twitter, then check out his upcoming album on iTunes! I love his music! You can the music video of his that my niece danced in in this blog post. I’m excited to watch where he goes in the future!
I have a full video of the day that I’ll embed, but if you don’t have time or the desire to watch 36 minutes, I’ll post some 15 second clips that I shared on Instagram. I do recommend the whole video though, even if you skip ahead to some. You can watch each of the choreographers do the routine they were teaching in the class. These are some amazing dancers! Remember as you are watching this that Alyce is only 8 years old and going into her 3rd year of hip hop class at our studio.
When we got home I asked her if she didn’t like that style because she looked a little uncomfortable. She said that’s the way you dance mama. She’s right. 🙂
Didn’t she do awesome? Now here is all of the videos I took that day smooshed into one.
I love these workshops! It’s filled with people who want to be there and who want to learn. That’s Alyce’s biggest complaint about her non-competition dance classes. Some kids aren’t focused and the teacher has to spend time telling them to pay attention when all Alyce was to do is keep dancing.
After the workshop we went to Pie 5 with my mom, my aunt, my cousin, and his kiddos. We need one of these in Des Moines so bad. It was so good!
Dear @PieFivePizza – I had you in Omaha Saturday. I am now on hands and knees begging you to please come to central Iowa, preferably Waukee.
— Heather Ayala (@HeatherM74) July 27, 2015
I wasn’t joking. 🙂
After that, the older girls wanted to go to a hip hop call out battle, so somehow at 40, I ended up down at a skating rink at my first ever battle. It was fun and my niece and Ashley did their first hip hop battle ever.
Taylor and Ashley battle it out in the last battle. The first guy up is Joey Reed, he was one of the teachers at the workshop, and his class was Alyce’s favorite. She loved his style.
All in all it was an amazing day for my little girl and she cannot wait to go back. She’s going again this next weekend because her first ever hip hop teacher is coming back to Iowa for a workshop. If you’re in Omaha and interested, here is the info.
There is also another workshop there next weekend put on by The Prophets and one of the teachers is Alyce’s hip hop teacher at our studio now, Leah.
Joey (who was at this last workshop) will be teaching there along with Moses (who you see battling my niece in the call out battle above) also. I’m trying to find a way to make it work so that she can attend both. We’ll see how this weekend works out.
Just wait. Soccer season starts soon for my other 3 kids. Between dance and soccer and running everywhere, my head my explode. 😀
Have a wonderful day!