My son’s dancing this weekend!

My son’s in Orlando, attending Megaplex (a furry convention) and right now I’m following his Twitter account and living vicariously through that, because he’s going to be having so much fun for the next 4 days.

He’s in the dance competition again and will be performing with a friend of his. They’ve been working on it for months. I haven’t seen any practice videos because he wants to keep it a surprise, but he thinks it’s the best dance set he’s done yet.

So please send your prayers and positive thoughts that he does well. I’ll post a video when it’s available. Here was his second place (novice category) performance from a convention he attended in Chicago in November.

Here’s his performance at the same Orlando convention last July, where he was a finalist but didn’t place (awards are only given to first through third place).

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My son competing in “Floor Wars” at Furry Weekend Atlanta

My son competed in three dance competitions this past weekend in Atlanta. Unfortunately he didn’t make finals this time in the solo fursuit competition and he says the group performance he choreographed was a mess (I disagree).

He did do well in the “Floor Wars” dance competition, where competitors dance out of costume (which he says is much easier!)

He’s the one in the red shorts. He made it through three rounds into the semifinals (Top 4 out of 32 dancers).

Here is the group performance he choreographed (he wasn’t given a choice–the original choreographer quit and put him in charge!) He was really freaking out about it, but it’s not nearly as bad as he thought it was.

My son is performing tonight–need your prayers and positive energy!

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My son as “Mex” in the center of the group.

My son performs tonight in the dance competition at Furry Weekend Atlanta (FWA) in Atlanta, GA. He found out two weeks ago he was put in charge of doing the choreography for a group of five dancers, including himself.

He didn’t want the responsibility but wasn’t given a choice (the original choreographer quit and put him in charge), and he’s been really stressing about it. His group competes tonight–the competition will begin at 9 PM and runs for about 2 hours until the winners are announced.

I don’t know the name of his group or what order they’re performing in, but he is “Mex” and will be most likely wearing red plaid shorts and a black T-shirt that says, “I’M KIND OF A BIG DEAL.” He always wears that uniform, lol.

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Commissioned portrait of “Mex.”

If anyone is interested in watching the competition (it’s a LOT of fun), you can see it live-streaming on furryweekend.TV — I watched yesterday and the video quality is excellent.

Whether you watch or not, please extend your prayers, well wishes, and send positive energy that everything comes together for my son and his group tonight. He’s a little disappointed right now because this time around, he didn’t make the finals for the solo dance competition.

Video of my son dancing

Here is a video my son made of himself dancing.

He is presently leading the choreography for a group of five dancers (himself included) at another convention he’s attending in Atlanta in two weeks. He’ll also be competing in the solo dance competition again. He’s been told he has an excellent chance of making the final three again or even winning.

OMFG. My son won 2nd place in the dance competition!

I can’t believe it. I’m in tears right now. Ethan wanted to make the Top 3 so badly, and he did one better than that (this was out of a group of 50 dancers–he made it to the final ten of the Novice category last night).

He’s been dancing for 3 years and this is the first time he placed in the Top 3.

Here is the tweet he just sent:

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I’ll post the video of his dance performance as soon as it’s up on Youtube. In the meantime, here is his performance at another convention he attended in Orlando, Florida in August, where he was a finalist but did not place. The convention he is at in Illinois has more attendees and making the finals in this competition is more difficult and competitive than the one he attended in Florida.

All that practice has really paid off!


Ethan’s performance at Megaplex 2014 in August.

ETA: Someone on Twitter just posted this photo of him competing today.
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