Today was a pretty long day for most of us, I’m guessing, but first thing I had to have was my daily noodles for breakfast. Then we hurried to the Arts College of Inner Mongolia to start practicing our collaborative performance. When we got there, the students were already starting to warm up and we joined in right away. As I was singing the song I was thinking how they project their voices so loudly that I can’t even hear myself sing, which it’s not a bad thing. It is so cool every day we practice with them, it just blows me away every single time. I am in the soprano section, which I thought I could handle but they sing really high and I at least try to keep up with them, but it cracks me up how terrible I am at singing. After we sang we went up to the dance studio; I always liked to dance and at first I thought I was going to nail every move but, holy cow it was harder than I thought. I am getting the hang of it and I’m definitely enjoying the dance the most.
When we got into the studio we were handed bright red scarves. Then we choose a dance partner to work with who helped us with the dance. The girl who was working with me was really nice, she was also 16 years old. She did not speak a lot of English. She taught me everything and nailed it into my brain, which was very nice of her. We ran through the dance moves many, many times. It was intense. We then set off to Number 35 Middle School and the first thing that happened when we got there was that we were put into groups and sent into English classes. My group consisted of Maris, Sarah and Becca. When we walked into the room they clapped for us and we were placed into groups. There were four groups with 12 students in each group so I sat down and the teacher first told us to talk about ourselves; where we were from, how old we are, and who my favorite singer was. After I chatted with about 12 or more kids about my life, the students had a little talent show for us. First, one kid played the guitar and sang a song. Then 2 guys beatboxed. Next, a guy played the horse-head fiddle and then a couple of them sang a song together. They wanted Maris, Becca, Sarah and me to sing for them, so we got up and sang Riptide. It came out pretty good.
After their talent show, we talked about more things with our groups. The kid who played the horse-head fiddle let me play it. I don’t know why, but when I was just going back and forth they were all just so impressed. The class also gave us each a gift. It was a scrap book and then some kid gave me a poster of Kobe… I thought it was funny.
After visiting with the students, we went to the area that we would be performing in and we got everything ready for the show, we performed at around 4pm. It was not our best performance because a lot of us laughed at inappropriate times. There were about 2,000 kids in the audience, it did not seem like that many at the time but when Tom told us afterwards, I was a little shocked. I think that will be our biggest audience for our show, and it was a good show, over all.
We had dinner at the middle school with a couple of the kids who were helping out with the show. The food was good but they had such big portions, even for me it was unreal. We went back to the hotel and had a shower cap party but really only one person wore their shower cap and it wasn’t really a party, we were just watching The Purge (a really scary movie). But overall today was an awesome day just like all the other days on this trip.