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Possibly the Best Talent Show Performance Ever*

March 7, 2011 · 11 comments

in Daily Life, Fun Stuff, My Little Guy

*Okay, I know I’m just a tiny bit biased and maybe out of touch with reality a tad, but I am so thrilled that I really can’t contain it over this one. :)

The Background
Last Thursday evening, Michael was in his school’s talent show. He had wanted to enter last year but couldn’t think of anything to do for the show, and I wasn’t sure we were going to come up with anything this year either.

But then one day he came out of the school all excited because they had started learning Dance Dance Revolution in gym class, and he had done extremely well at it. He and his partner were the only team to get two stars both times during the class.

So he decided that was his talent and that he wanted to demonstrate the DDR moves he had learned for the show. He auditioned for his teacher and was sent on to a second audition for the principal and music teacher. They suggested that he should do it to music, which was another hurdle since he had a very specific rhythm in mind and it was virtually impossible to find a song that fit.

I did some research on DDR songs and finally found something that he recognized and liked (I’m actually not sure if it’s used in DDR but since it was the night before the second round of auditions, I was just so relieved to find something he would use).

By the next afternoon, he had secured his spot in the talent show. Over the next week, I tried to get him to practice, and he refused except for one time just so we could figure out exactly where he wanted the music to stop so he wouldn’t run out of energy. He just kept insisting that he knew what he was going to do and didn’t need to practice. :)

I was so nervous that night as to whether anything would go wrong, as you can imagine, but it went so well and I was so proud of him! Halfway through his routine, the audience started clapping along and he totally lit up at that and tried to clap along with them. When I told him later that he didn’t have to clap, he said that he just wanted to join in with them because they were having fun. I told him they were clapping because they wanted to be a part of what he was doing!

He also did the spin he wanted exactly on the right note without a cue from his TSS. Evidently he figured out what point in the song was 5 seconds before the spin and counted down from there. Pretty ingenious, I think, probably because I am so clueless when it comes to musical stuff.

The Video
Okay, so now that I’ve gone on and on and bored you with way too many details about the event, here is the video so you can see it for yourself. It is just over a minute and a half, and I’ve put the link below the embedded video for anyone who can’t play it from wherever you happen to be reading this post.

Link to Michael’s Talent Show Performance on YouTube

I’d love to hear what you think (as long as it’s suitably complimentary and full of adoration, of course!!).

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany March 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

That was so awesome! It made me cry. :) I bet your heart felt like it could burst!

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Trish March 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Oh yes, especially when everyone started clapping along. It was so wonderful!

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Linda March 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

I love to watch new talent. I really enjoyed your son’s performance. He stayed on beat most of the time. Give him three cheers! Takes courage to get up in front of people, so deserves a big round of applause. Thanks for sharing. Post more in the future if you have any.

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Trish March 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks, I will pass on the cheers! Now he says he’d like to learn to play the drums. :)

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Danette March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

Oh my gosh!! How cute is he!! Keep this recording–as he gets older you will love watching it more and more. Thanks for sharing!

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Trish March 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

And next year I’m going to be front and center so I get better lighting for the video!

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K Floortime lite mama March 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

waaaah waaah I am a puddle here
How adorable and amazing he is

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Trish March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Thank you! I am truly amazed as I would never have had the confidence to get up there. In fact, I quit piano lessons as a child upon learning I had to be in a recital.

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Kim (aka Frog's Mom) March 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Wow! He did awesome :0)

He might enjoy the movie that song came from – “Jump In” about a boy who joins a competitive double dutch jump rope team. He might also enjoy Zumba – I understand from my Zumba teaching sister that the brand is working on a class geared to children and a class geared to Autism. My sister started working with a 3rd grade class – going in once a week to dance – the kids are having a blast!

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Trish March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for the nice comment and the suggestions – I will look into those. Sounds like fun!

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Sis June 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

Just found your blog, and being an OT in the school system, I was interested in your stories. This video is wonderful and I’m glad to have run across it! I know you are full of joy about it. Congratulations to both of you for this event!

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