Monday, October 29, 2012

Exciting News!

Extra, Extra, read all about it. Exciting dance news!  

Now that I have you at the edge of your seat, let me show you a few pictures throughout the last 5 years of dance, and evolution of sorts....

 I started in our school costume. Simple skirt and vest and long sleeve shirt.

 We've danced in jeans and matching tshirts for some occasions.

 Our summer dresses provide cool relief for those incredibly hot shows. Normally I don't wear tights with it... but just ignore those for now ;)

I've gotten to join the Denver and District Pipe Band, and with it comes a new outfit!

 St. Patrick's Day shows come with a variety of dance outfits, some more traditional than others... while some are all about comfort.

 We even introduced a new show outfit, simple with some flash!

 I even got my first solo dress!! First with no bling, then added some sparkles and even tried it out with poodle socks (that look didn't last long).

But.... finally, after much looking, fretting, measuring, etc. I have a new look to add to my dance evolution.

 MY NEW SOLO DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Ignore the poor quality cellphone picture. Or the fact that I am not wearing tights, or hair, or make-up. I am just sooooo excited!!!! I will be wearing tights with this fab new dress. In one week, at Fall Feis, I will get to debut it. As an &over prizewinner, my mom and I felt that it was time to leave the older, traditional dress behind. I will still wear it for shows and such since I truly love the dress. But... new, updated dress? I think so!

Halloween... part 1?

I am calling this entry Halloween part 1 in hopes that I will have more to share after the actual holiday on Wednesday! But... we'll see.....

In the meantime... this year's Halloween involved a group costume. One that had been brainstormed last year and didn't work out... but was implemented this year at the insistence of all.  The girls and I decided to hit Halloween this year as ROLLER DERBY girls!!!! Heather, Anne, Brandy and I all got together one Sunday afternoon to pick out and put together our matching (mostly) team costumes. We came up with names, numbers, etc. We got our crafty on... and it turned out amazingly!
Anne aka Fast Lane!

Brandy aka Killer Bee

Me aka Em-inent Threat
 We were missing Miss Heather as she is celebrating Halloween Swedish style this year. But she is supposed to wear her costume there... so hopefully pictures will be forthcoming.

Jay, of course, had to be included in this group costume, but since he can't really be a Roller Derby girl... he stepped in as our always handsome, ever present Referee!

He looked hilariously amazing as always.  Our little team made sure to pose for pictures... and thanks to Sam, we even "won" the bout. ;)

 The party was awesome as usual. We got to celebrate MM's birthday and she and Same rocked it in style. The ominous Umbrella Corporation men were wandering around as well. And Jess and Ed captured everything... instagram style.

Until next year.... and believe me. Jay and I already have our costumes planned.

Monday, October 15, 2012

GABF - beer beer beer

This past weekend was the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Held in our very own Denver, Colorado. And every year... this being our fourth time doing it, we have gone to pour and taste beer!
One of the best things about volunteering for GABF is getting to try new beers from around the country, but especially around Colorado. This year we poured for Copper Kettle Brewing Co. They are pretty new to the scene, but host some awesomely tasty beers and really great people!  I see Jay and I spending a lot of time in their taproom in the future.
Three years ago, Heather and I volunteered for the first time ever... and I had the luck to meet and get to know my love, Jay!  So, now we celebrate our anniversary in the same place every year, at GABF!  No better place to celebrate than with all that beer and with so many awesome people!

Sidney Oktoberfest

The first weekend of October always marks the weekend that the Denver and District Pipe Band heads to Sidney, Nebraska for their annual Oktoberfest. Strange, I know, heading to Nebraska for something like that? But, every year it turns out to be a ton of fun!!

This year... the weather had some tricks up its sleeve for us. Our first show, Friday night was pretty chilly, but we layered up, tossed back some beer and danced a lot. The beer tent was packed with people and that made everything warmer.

Saturday morning is usually our morning for a parade, a short break, practice, a dancers show, a break and then the night show. However, we woke up Saturday morning to this:

Not exactly weather conducive to having or marching or dancing in a parade!  Needless to say, the parade was cancelled. We were drafted into doing two different shows... one at a nearby Retirement home and one at the close Cabela's.

Doing the show at Cabela's was a riot! There were a ton of people there to watch us (plus the normal shoppers) and who doesn't want a backdrop of stuffed animals to dance to?
Our afternoon dancer's show was a little warmer, which was good since we couldn't fit nearly as many layers under those costumes as our normal pipe band outfits.
Saturday night's show was COLD. So COLD, that I didn't really take any pictures. The few I did take came out pretty blurry since I was shivering my socks off. All in all, it was a great weekend... looking forward to next year!