Sunday, November 07, 2010

Busking

We had our school fete today, always a fun, if quite intense, day.  As well as the regular jaffa smashing, bouncy castles, gourmet sausages, books, clothing and toy stalls, the fete organisers introduced a new one this year: The Busking Stall, where kids with a bent for performing could do their busking act and the money in the hat would go to the school.  When they announced this,  I - thinking a brothers routine would be awesome - asked my kids if they wanted to do a tapdance, but received a very emphatic NO in response. So, a little bit sadly, I let it go.  (Except maybe I whined about how emphatic the no had been.)

But then Climber got very inspired by the tap workshop with Jason and announced he did want to do something.  And a classmate of Cherub's, who also does with tap with us, mooted that he really wanted to perform, and next thing you know, my boys were the Busking Stall's opening act.

So this is them, doing it for the school! Cherub and friend are performing, with aplomb, one of their dances from tap class.  Climber, in consultation with me but really, chiefly on his own, choreographed this a'capella routine.   There's a lovely moment as he gets on stage where you see him take a huge deep breath to steady his nerves.

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It's actually pretty relaxing having a family tap performance when I don't have to perform.

19 comments:

  1. You know those moves and grooves are going to be attracting girls like bees to honey, one of these days...

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  2. Totally awesome - how wonderful that they emphatically changed their mind! Very nice wings (I think they are wings??)!

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  3. I watched this with a big smile on my face and thought, ahhh, how cute.

    But then.

    I thought to myself, I wonder how Stomper feels watching this? I mean, this is YOU in those little bodies, if not for you, they wouldn't be dancing like that. How proud must you be huh?

    Good on you all!

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  4. Yes, they are wings. And Aunty, I pretty much burst with pride. It's ace.

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  5. Super talented! What poor schoolchild had to follow that?!

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  6. Fabulous! I'm so glad they did it.

    BTW - what is Jaffa smashing?

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  7. They've got a winding tube, you feed a jaffa in the top and a kid holds a rubber mallet waiting for the jaffa to appear down the bottom onto the smashing platform, then you try to whack the jaffa. If you smash the jaffa you get a little bag of 5 jaffas for a prize. (Actually you generally get some jaffas whether you smash one or not.) You get 3 goes. Last year my nephew spent hours there, he'd just go the back of the line and have another go. Luckily he left all his jaffas in our fridge when they drove back to Canberra after the fete.

    and Jac, a trumpet player was the follow-up, but we were rude and left once our kids had finished.

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  8. Goodness me! Look at that boy's wings. Amazing talent. I love the Goodies routine.

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  9. Glad you have explained the Jaffa Smashing - thanks.

    WOW - those biys are so fabulous and talented!! Were they your 'woohoo's' being proudly shouted?

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  10. Oh, well done Stomper Boys! They are just brilliant. And so cute (shh, don't tell them I said so).

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  11. Gorgeous!! What great stompers you've got there!

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  12. I love all the parental yells and whoops too.

    So proud!

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  13. Wow! you must be so proud! Climber is like a chip off the nugget of gold! (No not the 'old block'- you are much more golden!)

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  14. Lovely lovely lovely. Such niceness. And danciness.

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  15. Lovely!

    Cherub is so focused on those steps and Climber looks like an old pro at it! I'm sure your case was full!

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  16. This is THE BEST. I love it...brought tears to my eyes.
    Give yourself a monumental pat on the back. Just think...You"re he person teaching these youngsters. Oh, gosh, I could go on and on. How long can a comment go. Well, just imagine me going on and on (and on). You are awesome.

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