I am changing the name of my blog. If you haven’t already noticed, My Hole in the Head is now The Dancing Mommy
I needed a change to kick me in the ass and keep up with blogging. I wanted a name for my blog and my YouTube channel that gave a clue to what this is all about.
I started out writing this blog and doing videos as a way to try and organize my life. Do little organizational projects and blog/vlog about them. Well, that didn’t really pan out. I’m still trying to be organized but I’m not good at keeping things up. As obvious by the length of time between blog posts.
My Hole in the Head was a name I put on this blog because I was so busy I needed something else to do like “a hole in the head”.
I really think the new name will help me be a little more focused on what I’m about these days. My kids, and all things mommy related. I have a 4 1/2 year old boy and a 14 month old girl.
My love of finding a good bargain. It could be sales or thrift shopping, the hunt for a good deal is the best part. And dance. I am after all a dance teacher and choreographer, I can’t leave that out.
Also, the balance of running a business, teaching classes, being a stay at home mom (I know that doesn’t really make sense. I’m home with the kids in the day, and teach in the evenings), being a choreographer, and keeping up general house stuff IS a dance it’s self.
That’s it, The Dancing Mommy. Now other things just might creep in, but that’s the general idea.
The end is nigh. Meaning the end of the summer theatre season. My husband runs a theatre festival during the month of July. Let me explain…This past 10 months have probably been the busiest of our married lives. I’ll start back in September 2015, my husband started auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the fall production for Off Broadway Players, he was the director and I was the choreographer. We are a great team, with musicals and otherwise. At this point I was 4 months pregnant and have a 3 year old and teaching dance classes and running my dance studio.
S, my husband, was in rehearsals a lot. The show was the end of November, we had about 10 weeks to put it all together. Not bad considering we’ve done shows in half that time. I was running my rehearsals too, but he was gone to rehearsal any night I wasn’t teaching so we saw very little of each other.
We were also both in the show as well, so there were quite a lot of babysitters and asking grandparents to come stay for a while. Neither of us have family living close by. Let me just say that dancing in a show at 6 months pregnant and sick all the time takes some major acting chops to not look as miserable as I felt. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Acadamy Award for that.
Once we closed that show,it was on to the next. The next show was actually mine, he held down the fort for a little while. But he was already in meetings for his next project, I’ll get to that.
My dance studio, Dance Studio West, did Oz.
An all dance version of The Wizard of Oz done to modern music. Thankfully I wasn’t in this one as well, because I was 36weeks pregnant.
Then, one week later….
Baby V was born.
So, you’d think that would be it. Take some time to recover and get used to our new addition to our family. Not so much.
S was asked a long time ago to direct the opening ceremonies of the Canada Special Olymics Winter Games that were being held in Corner Brook. And guess who was choreographing it? So the next 4 weeks was a blur of trying to get help to run rehearsals until I could move, a very busy husband and figuring out life with a newborn and a three year old. We pulled it off! And it went great!
Then we took three weeks and took off to Florida! A break we really needed, but it was right back at it as soon as we got back.
My year end show was next. The big annual recital for the whole studio. Crazy times.
That’s not all! Then my husband was directing Grease with the school where he teaches, and you guessed it, I was choreographing.
By the first of June, the studio was closed and I was finished work for the summer. Ahhhh….summer. Time for a break. Not so much. S and two friends of ours run a theatre festival for the month of July called Stage West Theatre Festival. So I choreographed the musical Ruthless, and S directed it as well as two other shows. I was a theatre widow for most of June and July.
Tonight the festival closes. We will be heading out of town for a month of holidays. It’s been the busiest, craziest, stressfu-est, year.
We finished up out mid year Dance Studio West production of Oz over the weekend. It went great! I’m super proud of everyone! I really needed to rely on more people than usual to pull this one off as I’m due to have a baby in a week! Yes, one week!
Here are some pics by one of our dancers moms. She did a fantastic job.
The storm that took Dorothy to Oz.
Beautiful Glinda the good Witch.
Very happy munchkins.
Scarecrow just chillin’…..
while the crows make fun of her.
The Tin Man getting funky.
Off to the jungle, lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
The cutest lion you’d ever see!
They’re off to see the Wizard!
Wicked witch putting a spell on the poppy field.
The Wicked Witches hench monkeys kidnapping Dorothy.
Glinda made it snow to wake everyone up.
The Wicked Witch with their hench monkeys!
Dorothy’s time is running out!
Flying monkeys enjoying themselves while witch is away.
Dorothy is saved by her friends and pours a bucket of water on the witch. “I’m melting!!!”
The Wizard sends her home!
Was it a dream? But wait, the shoes…..
I’m very proud of the show, but I’m also glad to be done. I’m exhausted. I think I’ll take a nap.
And I’m off!
So, Blogidays was an utter fail. After a few days of nothing to report I realized my life was not really interesting enough to write about everyday.
Here’s a little update about what has been going on with us. Mr Bubs and S were hardcore into the potty training over the holidays, so, naturally, that was fun. I’m having a hard time actually moving these days so I kind of left that up to the darling husband. We aren’t totally there yet, but Bubs is definitely getting there.
As for me, I am now 35 weeks pregnant and two weeks away for our mid year show “OZ”. I’m having a really hard go any the moment. I’m having a lot of pain, how shall I put this….in my crotch. I can barely walk, and sitting isn’t the best unless I’m on a cushion. Not a good thing for someone who is directing a dance show at the moment.
The doctor told me “baby seems big” and is pushing on stretched out (from when I was pregnant with Bubs) ligaments in my pelvis.
I didn’t really think much of doing a show the end of January when I booked it. Well, to tell you the truth, I wasn’t pregnant when we decided to do this show. When I was pregnant with Bubs I actually danced in a show two weeks before he was born. I thought it would be the same this time. Not so much.
Granted, I’m not dancing in this one. Not that I could even if I wanted to. But I still thought I could put the show together. Well, it’s kinda hard when I can’t really walk. I’ve been delegating like crazy this week since the doctor told me I need to “take it really easy”. So of course, that night, my costume designer, who was doing all the running around town, getting costumes together, and generally taking the pressure off me, broke her foot! Bloody hell!
Anyway, my amazing staff at the studio have been doing the “running and fetching” and I’ve farmed out projects to anyone who would take one on.
I’m hoping to do a few posts about the show soon. It’s coming together fast, which is good, because we only have two weeks!
Well that was a rambling post if there ever was one. I’m taking it easy today as I still had to go to work this week and even though o sat most of the time, it’s time to put my feet up.
Last night we opened Jesus Christ Superstar to a sold out house! It went amazing. The energy was high and it felt incredible.
Another show tonight and two on Saturday. We are sold out for tonight and Saturday too! Lots of tickets for the matinee if you are in the area. But seeing as how most people have never heard of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, I have my doubts.
Last night we had a dance only rehearsal for the show. There are a few numbers in the show that are pretty intense.
I wanted to film clips of the dancers doing all the “dancey” bits, but I had to use my phone to play the music and it won’t let me film video and play music at the same time. Come on Apple, get with it.
Here is a peek at the Herod Song. We are missing a couple, including me 😉.
Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been up to my eyes! Between being mommy and cracking down on the potty training with Mr Bubbers, teaching classes, being 6 months pregnant (and constantly tired) and rehearsals, there isn’t much time left.
Having said that, we are 10 days away from opening night and things are looking really good!! Everything is looking like a show now. We’ve done all we can do until we get to rehearse on the stage.
Here is a clip from one of our early rehearsals. We’ve come a long way since then.
I’m super proud of my dancers. A few of them just started dancing recently and are doing a fantastic job keeping up with the pro star dancers who have been dancing since they were little.
This is a clip of the apostles from a early rehearsal (we were missing quite a few that day).
I don’t have any video of my group of dancers right now, but I’ll get on that.
But I do have this of Bob trying out the whip for the first time a couple weeks ago! He is a little too excited that he gets to whip Jesus. Lol.
I’m planning on doing regular updates until the show opens and a show post too.