Last Sunday, Haru performed her cheer routine in public for the first time as a member of the “Clover Team” (a promotion from the previous “Peach Team”.) Although her routine wasn’t without it’s mishaps, there were no noticeably huge mistakes. I think the only people who really noticed was my wife and me.
For some reason, Haru was particularly excited about performing this year -so excited that she invited most of the neighborhoods kids, and some of her kindergarten classmates to come and watch. I didn’t see any of the neighborhood kids in the audience; this might be due to the fact that Haru gave them the wrong location, or perhaps they didn’t try to come at all. But, three of her former classmates did show up and watched Haru’s cheer in the audience.
Unlike last year, the weather wasn’t too hot. In fact, it was much cooler than normal which was good for Haru and her fellow cheerleading teammates. But as usual, the Hearties Junior cheerleading event was by far the most popular event of the day -far more popular than the magic show (although I did get a kick out of it when the “magician” dropped all of his magic balls that “mysterious” seem to change colors at the wave of the hand, revealing the secret to the trick), -far more popular than the senior citizen singing quartet, -far more popular than the other cheerleading teams and hip hop dancers, -even more popular the 50+ year old Flamenco dancers. Hearties Junior really pack the audience in, like they did last year, to the point where they had to extend the spectator area again like they did last year when I lost my perfect unobstructed view of the stage and ranted about it on this very site.
This year, I was prepared! I had a better lens for my camera (my Disneyland “Go To” lens that does everything -presumably), although its not quite the lens I would liked to have used, it did its job. And when they moved that rope that held the spectators back, closer to the stage like they did last year, I was able to get right up their before all of the people started piling in. So I was front row center, no obstructions what-so-ever. The only issue was that perhaps I was too close, because the cheerleaders who were in the front row (where Haru was) was now literally three feet away from me. I didn’t want to make Haru nervous, but she didn’t seem too phased by me being so close and visible. Haru’s friends Sakura and Yuka S (Haru’s personality twin and kindergarten rival). were also in the front row and a few feet away from me, watching the event. At times I could hear them shouting “Look! There’s Haruka. Go Haruka!” I was a bit concerned that this may also make her nervous, but Haru confidently waved back and smiled.
Haru’s debut as a Clover went well. No major mistakes, no falls, and no nervousness. There’s still some kinks that she needs to work out of her routine, but not a bad performance at all.
EDIT: Video from the event:
Fast Tube by Casper