So, on the 7th I got to Boston around 11 and got ready with my friends <3
We did Black River, came off very happy..
Then it was FINALLY time for awards, and Dance Off announcements !
Into the Mystic, Unwritten, Black Parade AND Black River all made it into the dance off. After all those years of sitting and not even hoping to get into the dance off because we knew we didnt have a shot and taking a break from even going to nationals we finally reached our goal...
I came back on the 8th, soo excited to dance... rehearsed Into the Mystic one last time.. and then Jules just HAD to talk to us.. She went on and on about how much she loved us and thanking us for getting her company started and how happy she was to have reached so many goals with us.. well of course me being the baby i cried.. then katie, then steph, then kels, then kayla, and court... it was like reality just punched me right in the face and i knew id never be going through any of this ever again. because IM GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!
but anyway, we danced, had lunch, did black parade, black river, and unwritten.. I come off from my last dance and my best friend is crying, freaking out... because "IT FELT SO GOOD"
It was an amazing experience, even if it was the last time ill ever be on stage with the people ive grown up performing with. Its bittersweet. In my heart I've never been more sad. Never once in the past 18 years have I thought this day would actually come, I was gunna be a Shannon O'Brien Company Dancer until I died. But its life and I have to grow up. I've ended one long chapter in my life and I cant wait to start a new one in Disney, and I know that in my heart I'll ALWAYS be a Shannon O'Brien Dancer..
Now back to the rest of my day
So Katie and I change out of our costumes, take off the stage makeup and go see our moms, Katie cries again then her mom and my mom and I cant help it. Shannon comes over and says all of you need to stop crying I cant be sad right now. We calm down, and me being the brilliant one I say "mom have you talked to Karen" and she tells me that my uncle died while I was dancing, which starts ANOTHER cry fest. Thank God I have my friends, they decided we'd go out to lunch and get my mind off things before we get all dressed up for the video awards banquet.
The banquet is amazing, if youre in the top 5 of your category they play parts of your dance on a big screen. so we wait.. They finally ge to small group.. everytime we see a white costume we jump a little until we realize its not us.. haha. Then large group.. nothing..
Then extended... "From Seekonk, Mass. Shannon O'Brien School of Dance, Black Parade" It was an AMAZING way to end the week. =)