The whole day started with that crazy screaming of my mom
“Alinna! Wake up! You have dance in an hour!” My mom shouts from the kitchen.
“Mom, nice try, It’s Monday I have school today! Dance is later!” I shout from my door, I head downstairs to the smell of warm sizzling bacon.
“Actually, I got an email. We have to go to the airport because, your on Dance Moms. No more school or VDC.” My mom explains.
I just stand in shock, I have to now leave everything, my friends, my dance studio, everything.
“Are you okay? I know this will be tough but you’ll be okay!” My mom explains, I know she’s trying to keep me calm.
I’m freaking out. My heart is in my stomach and I don’t feel good.
“You have no time to eat we have to leave our flight is in 10 minutes.” My mom explains. All I manage to get out is,
“What about Comox?”
“Honey, don’t worry, we’re going to LA!” My mom answers. We get into the car, I even have to leave my family behind. We keep driving and we manage to get on the flight. I wish we never did get an email or we didn’t make it in time. I find my seat and I sit there just staring out the window. I just think of all the good times I’ve ever had here.
“Are you excited? You love Dance Moms and now you’re on the show!” My mom shout-whispers.
“I am just gonna miss all my friends.” I whisper.
“But now you’ll be friends with the dance Moms stars! Like Maddie, Mackenzie, Kalani, Nia, Kendall and Chloe!” My mom explains.
“Chloe left. There’s now a girl named Jojo.” I state. I am irritated, tired and upset. Why would Abby choose me out of all the girls in the world? She’s never even see me dance before!
We arrive in LA. All I see is Palm tree’s, a huge airport and people with tans. I see Abby and the girls waiting for me. They have a huge “Welcome to the ALDC LA” banner. I feel happy but upset at the same time. I walk over and I get a speech from Abby. The girls introduce themselves and I am beyond excited.
“Hi I’m Maddie and this is Kendall, Mackenzie, Jojo, Nia and Kalani.” Maddie explains.
“Um hi, I’m Alinna and I can’t believe I was chosen for the ALDC. Kind of bizarre because you guys have never seen me dance before.” I stutter.
“Actually I saw you at Shine Dance Competition. You are amazing at dancing. Your solo was fabulous. Who choreographed it?” Abby asks.
“Brianna. The owner of the company’s daughter.” I explain.
“I heard Brianna is the best dancer at the studio.” Maddie whispers to Kalani. All the sudden it goes silent.
“Let’s go girls we have a competition in three days!” Abby screeches. I’ve seen the show plenty of times and I know Abby yells a lot. I better get used to it.
At the studio we rehearse our group dance “What We Used to Be” I am given the lead and given a solo called “It’s Me” Our group dance is Lyrical and my solo is Jazz.
As we are rehearsing, I feel a lot of pressure on me. It’s my first time here I start to slack off a little bit so Miss Abby makes me do 30 a la seconde turns. I do them. I get to 35 and I fall out. I should of just done 30 perfectly and landed it. She says she’s going to give me 35 a la seconde turns but I have to land it or the whole dance is ruined. I want to just go back home.
As we finish the group dance, Maddie says we should all have a girl party tonight. I thought it would be so awesome to spend time with the girls. I start to go do my solo and Maddie comes in, she has a solo as well.
“You’re really good.” Maddie says.
“Thanks Maddie.” I say.
“But your not as good as me.” She finishes. ” You are a threat. If you beat me. Miss Abby will kick me off the team and then it will be everyone else, and if you beat me that means your unbeatable. If you show up to the competition. I’m gonna make sure you’re not dancing. Go back home to your little tent in the woods.” Maddie hisses.
“Maddie, I just want to dance at a huge competition for once.” I stutter.
“To bad.” Maddie hisses and walks out.
I ask, “So I’m not invited to girls night?”
Giana the choreographer walks in and asks, “Everything okay?” I answer, “Yeah everything is fine.”
At the competition, I am third in the jazz solo category. Maddie has a really boring Contemporary solo so I think I will beat her.
I have a metallic skirt and a red sparkly top. Abby likes stomachs showing and I’m glad I’m skinny so my stomach doesn’t poke out. Maddie is practicing because she is up in the contemporary category. She walks over to me, I am slightly scared what she is going to do.
“Hi Alinna, sorry for how I acted I am just kind of jealous of you and I really wanted to scare you so I could win. I’m not good at Jazz but you are. I wish I was you.” Maddie explains
“Thanks Maddie” I answer and we hug.
A girl threw up on stage and now they have to clean it up so Maddie has a little bit more time to practice. Maddie does her solo and then the contemporary category finishes, It’s now the Jazz category. The other dancers finish. I go on, give it all I can.
I think “Remember start on the ground in a sassy pose. When music starts go onto knees and aerial out of it, kick as high as I can, do three backhand springs and finish in the splits. Do a side jete, 25 a la seconde turns and just keep going. If forget, make it up.”
My music starts and I just dance my heart out. I think that has been the best time I have ever danced. The lights go out and I have to go get changed for our group dance.
In the change room Abby yells at me that my aerial didn’t have straight legs. Maddie says I did. I stare at Maddie in shock. I can’t believe she is sticking up for me.
Because Maddie stuck up for me, Abby pulls her out of the group dance because she stuck up for me. I finished my make up and it was almost time to go on. I think we nailed the dance, and Abby was very proud of us. I even landed my 35 a la seconde turns. I was so happy with myself.
“Alinna. Your kicks weren’t high enough!” Abby screams.
“S-sorry Abby.” I shutter.
“But I think you will win so I will keep you.” They announce it is awards and we go out.
“Alright, in third place we have Maddie with “Only a Dream”. Second place Lilian with “Forever in my Mind”, and first place Alinna with “It’s Me!”
I walk up and grab the trophy. I wave and I am smiling.
“Groups. Third CADC with “Anchor”, second MLDA with “Under the Bed” and first ALDC with “What we used to be”.
I all the sudden smell bacon then everything went black. I wake up and realize it was all a dream. I am so happy that never happened, but I was happy to meet Maddie and all the other girls. I go downstairs.
“I just had the craziest dream.”
“That’s nice, I just got an email…”
TO BE CONTINUED
Thank you all for reading, this was really fun to write and I will see you in my next post!
Edited by: Chantal