Wow, what a day!
Missy and I left a few minutes after 6:00 a.m. (it’s a 4.5 hour drive, not counting any stops along the way). We got there without incident, actually found a place to park right under the Lansing Center and got up to the stage in short order.
Looking at the stage assignments, we thought we had two dances before her first one. Uhh, no, turns out we didn’t. They had moved the 515′s and 516′s (the latter being Missy’s group) to stage 2 which was on the absolute opposite side of the room, you couldn’t get any further apart. (Of course, LOL!) So we grabbed back up everything we’d just unloaded and ran like hell for the other stage. As we got to the stage, they were just doing Missy’s *second* dance. ::sigh:: At that point we thought she’d missed both of her soft shoe dances, but the stage monitor came over and let us know that they were holding all of the sheets and would let her dance both of them because she wasn’t the only one who didn’t know about the change in stages and they had only announced it twice. (The first time before we got there, the second time when we heard it.)
So, she rushed and got ready, got up on stage and did her Reel and then after two 515′s made up their Slip Jig, she danced her Slip Jig. The Judge then switched off to another stage and she had the next Judge for the rest of the day. The Judge she got second is a heavy traditional Judge and Missy’s a traditional dancer, so Missy was on cloud nine. And it showed!
With only two groups dancing on the stage, the dances just flew by. Basically she had time to sit down, catch her breath and then she was right back up on stage again to do the next dance. Oh, and there was a boy in her group — which is seen as almost always a death sentence for the girls in the group — and in fact, Missy danced on stage with him (for the uninitiated, they dance two at a time, not solo) for both Treble Jig and Hornpipe, and she actually outplaced him! All six dances were over and done with in record time — she had her Reel at 11:30 and by 1:00 we had already collected her medals and were out in the hall waiting for the final result print out (which took over an hour, LOL!). We were out of the Lansing Center and back on the road by 2:30, so we wound up coming home via a scenic route we’ve never gone before, and even with a stop by Dad’s for a short visit, we were home and unloaded by 9:00! (And in bed, asleep by 10:00!)
So, final results …
- Reel – 3rd place
- Slip Jig – 6th place
- Treble Jig – 2nd place
- Hornpipe – 2nd place
- Traditional Set – 4th place
- Treble Reel – 3rd place
She walked out of there with five medals from six dances! This was the fastest Feis of the year (hell, it may be the fastest of her dance career since she got to the six dance level) and without a doubt her best Feis since switching schools. I really can’t complain about anything, even the wait for printed results (which was irritating but not the end of the world) couldn’t ruin the day. I have to give this the award for best Feis of the year and not just because my kid did so well!
Her dress looked really great with the new cape (black with hologram butterflies) and the new liquid pink underskirt (not a petticoat, a soft skirt). I shortened the main skirt and put black lace trim on it, and cut away where the front panel would be (and continued the lace up and across) to show the underskirt. The overall effect was kind of an Irish Dancer Goth Princess look and it got a lot of compliments. The way the skirt flares out when she turns and the way the color ripples when she moves, it really draws a lot of attention to her legs — which is what you want, after all! Combine that with the longer wig that helps add to the bounce and it just really comes off well, even if it’s totally not traditional looking. Everywhere you look anymore, they’re getting less and less traditional, so we decided to go with what she likes and something that compliments her coloring and so on.
We liked the way it looked on stage so much she asked me to make her an alternate underskirt in a different color (probably liquid red) and possibly a third (maybe in a teal or aqua color) just to mix it up a bit. I’m also going to have to alter the bodice on the dress again, she’s lost more weight and it’s getting a touch baggy through the waist again. It doesn’t matter as much because of the way the underskirt is and since it’s not a stiff skirt, you don’t have to carry the dress at the waist, but still. Pictures will be posted as soon as I can. And yes, I will make her submit to pictures with the wig and the whole spiel as well.