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The Crab Dance Competition

10.29.09

At the first parent/teacher conference, Teacher Liu mentioned that there would be a “competition” in October. Last week, Teacher Liu asked me to dress Schäfer in an orange shirt and blue jeans on the 29th. OK!

I went home and checked out his clothes to find 2 orange shirts and 2 blue jeans options. We were all set. In my mind, the “competition” was going to be some small games such as a sack race or a ring toss amongst his other classmates.

I was completely wrong.

On the morning of the competition, we were told to be at the parking lot by the athletic center by 9:30am. Nothing could have prepared us for what we were about to experience: The Crab Dance Competition.

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Here’s my little crab sitting so patiently. Hmmm… what happened to those blue pants I put him in? Apparently while Schäfer was in the bathroom, he had a bit of an adventure so the pants were not clean.

Note to self: If you don’t want your kid to stand out (like mine has a choice) then you should definitely make sure the spare change of clothes also fit the dress code for the competition. Oh well. The red pants definitely add to the crab theme.

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In true Chinese style, the competition began with many welcoming speeches. I felt very welcomed.

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After a while, Schäfer felt like he didn’t want to wear his crab hat and he was done with sitting.

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Yu Jie Jie is psyching up for the event.

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Xin Yi and Schäfer were born just six days apart. Her Mom was my first Chinese language teacher.

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The Crab Dance. Schäfer was pretty good at the marching part.

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After completing his obligatory Crab Dance, Schäfer only wanted his Papa.

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He pretty much stayed like this as we watched the other classes compete.

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Le Le is in the four-year-old class.

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Lots of proud parents were capturing the moment.

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Of course, the judges scores were tallied and a winner was decided.

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1st place: DaBan (five-year-olds)
2nd place: ZhongBan (four-year-olds)
3rd place: XiaoBan (three-year-olds)
4th place: YingtaoBan and XinXinBan (2.5-year-olds and the “VIP” class -their parents pay more for some kindergarten perks such as an English lesson and smaller class size.)
5th place: BaoBaoBan (two-year-olds)

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After the competition, Schäfer walked back to school with some big boys from the five-year-old class. Once we grabbed his backpack, he was ready to come home. Busting out The Crab Dance was enough for one day.

First School Performance from Easternjourney.com on Vimeo.

2 comments to The Crab Dance Competition

  • Wow–this post was one of the highlights of my week! LOVE the video! And how fun are those crab hats!?

  • patti

    hey…never heard of the crab dance. that’s a memory for first school performance. He looks so cute in that crab hat. I’m trying to catch up on my blog reading…feeling so behind since baby p. I love that S loves to wear his lion costume so precious!! Looks like october was a good month…good times and good memories!

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