This morning, we were much less stressed out than the first competition. We were more relaxed and less high strung. My make up for her went much better than last time, too. Aina was very happy with it, and nothing went crooked.
After the Fukuoka competition, Mrs. Cheng suggested to change Aina’s hairstyle for the next competition. Instead of the usual bun, this time, we’re trying the middle-parted bun. Supposedly, this would work better to hide Aina’s wide forehead.
The thing is, I have never done this hairstyle before. So we decided to wake up almost an hour earlier to buffer all the mistakes I would made with the hair… Good thing we did, because I struggled so much with the hair, that I almost gave up. I had to redo over and over again, like maybe, 3 to 4 times. Well, we made it just in time. And when we were finished, though, Aina loved it! She said, she liked this better than her usual pulled-back bun.
I know, I know, she still looked really weird in the photos above with that big fake eyelashes and super thick make up. But it was approved by the teachers and apparently, it worked well for the stage.
So, today, everything went much better than the Fukuoka’s competition: good hair, better make up, and most importantly, painless toes! But of course, we still managed to throw a last minute stress factor… She forgot to bring her earrings! So I had to run back to the hotel (which was thankfully only two blocks away from the competition venue) to get those.
The venue was smaller than the one in Fukuoka, but much cuter: wooden chairs and pine tree themed curtains!
Aina was in the first category to go, along with Shi Ying and Leo. So, basically, within 30 minutes of our arrival, her blocking session started. So, we quickly entered the theatre to get our seats.
Unlike the JBC, where they show the score on the big screen right after the contestants finish their piece, in NBA they don’t release the scores live. Instead, about 10 minutes after each category was completed, the website was updated with the ranking. So we know how well our kids did almost immediately.
In this competition, Aina got the 3-2 placement, which made her super happy 🙂
In the lobby, we could purchase the DVDs and photos of our kids. We basically did the payment there, and the photos would be sent by email a few weeks after the competition, while the DVDs would be sent to Cheng Ballet later.
At the time of writing,
I haven’t received the DVD, so I have no videos of her dancing, but they have sent the photos yesterday (29 August), which was almost a month after the competition. The pictures were very nice, though:
And about a month later, I got the video! Here it is!
Just like last time, the kids were scattered on almost all the categories. We all stayed until everyone finished their turns, so we got to watch almost the whole competition.
Then, after everyone was finished, it was picture time!
At the hotel, Aina had a long warm bath to relax and clean all that make up and hair product. It took her quite a while to get rid of all those glitters in her hair. Those things stick very well!