This week was all about changes; changes to the team and changes to the choreography. Success in all of our endeavors can be measured by how we embrace and adapt to changes. This past weekend we took retooled versions of “Bloody Mary” and our hip-hop dance to Kids Artistic Review (KAR) at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, one of the best competitions out there. I decided to move the Arwen Daniels Dancers from the intermediate division to the secondary division; we are now competing against teams with three or more years of competition experience and more than 5 hours of dance per week. Much tougher competition. The two group numbers received Top First, the equivalent to “High Gold” in other competitions. Taylor received Elite Top First (Platinum) for both of his solos and my two younger girls (new to performing solos) received First and Top First. I received a best choreography award and the whole team was invited to attend KAR’s invitation only intensive in New York City this summer, they will be taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, where I was on scholarship after college. I also got a chance to chat with Joe, KAR’s director who happens to know nearly all of the influential teachers from my past; he is going to come to San Diego this summer to teach a master class for the team. Exciting things are happening for the Arwen Daniels Dancers… stay tuned.