KC is 12 and in full tween mode these days. But he just made a huge leap (pardon the pun) in his dancing. He also began his Coming of Age year at church and had his first mentor/mentee event after services yesterday.
In the dance area, he has been promoted to the group 3 dance group for hip hop. He was previously in group 2. Group 3 is made up of much older kids. One 8th grader, but most are 9th and 10th graders. KC is 7th grade. What prompted the boost was the fact that there were only 4 kids in his group 2 hip hop this year. 2 were bumped down a level and one other class mate was promoted with KC.
I worried that he would be nervous but he rocked it. He could keep up with the class and the class members accepted him warmly. Saturday our city has a big fall festival. The dance school has a booth there and dances periodically in the streets through out the day. KC worked from 9 to after 1 and danced multiple times. Most of the dancers and volunteers were the older girls from group 3 and when they were on break I would see KC walking around the fair with one or the other of the young ladies.
This was KC yesterday morning before church. Last year at the end of the RE program the kids made tie dyed shirts to get ready for COA For each coming of age event they will wear this shirt. KC had a blast. He loves his mentor, with whom he shares a passion for the arts and was proud that during the question and answer period, there was very little about her that he did not know. Like wise, she knew a lot about him. For some kids, that might detract from the experience. For him, it is a key foundation piece for him.
He enjoyed the canoe trip and came home happy and tired eager for the journeys and explorations that will happen this year.