Sunday, March 29, 2009

Canine Freestyle Workshop

I just got back from a most exhausting, but educational and exciting weekend. Barbara and I do Canine Freestyle and we belong to the Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild. Our group organized a seminar with Kristen Scicotte to learn all about music and choreography for freestyle. I had a great time and learned so much.



We had to bring Ambrose along but he knows nothing about freestyle yet. Everyone made quite a fuss over him. It really is quite sickening.



But he had to stay in the crate most of the time while I got to work with Barbara on our freestyle moves and of course I got lots of cheese, hot dogs and praise for doing so well. Ha!



Here are some photos of my freestyle friends doing their moves. Smudge can actually put her paws on Sue's feet and stay there while Sue walks forward!!



Takoda and Ellen working on their moves while Kristen, the seminar leader, watches.



I was one of the three dogs chosen to show off their choreography at the end of the seminar. Everyone admired my beautiful movement and elegance. Unfortunately, even though Barbara had her video camera with her, she forgot to ask anyone to film us! I am so annoyed because I did my piece very well and we got lots of compliments.

Kristen is a wonderful teacher and she gave us a lot of good advice for our practices.



Our Carolina Canine Freestyle Guild worked hard to put on the seminar and all the participants, people and dogs, had a great experience. Here are the Guild members with Kristen.



Canine Freestyle shows off the joyful relationship between dog and handler. You can see great routines at the Hall of Fame on the CFF website.

Barbara and I have a lot more practicing to do because we are going to enter a competition in July.

50 comments:

Lorenza said...

Hi, Niamh!
I am sure you did it great!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Agatha and Archie said...

Well what's next? Dancing wiht the stars????? WE have to admit we felt a little sorry for the squirt becasue he ddn't get to dance with you but then you will have to teach him! Love A+A

bettyl said...

How great to be doing such a thing! I'm sure you'll do great in the competition.

Amber-Mae said...

Your friend can do the 'Cop Cop'. I wanna learn that someday but Mommy complains I'm wayyy tooo heavy to step on her feeties.

Belly jiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Tom and Tama-Chan said...

Dear Niamh,

All we have to do is close our eyes and imagine how beautifully you moved and how very much everyone admired you. Such beauty, such style!

Your Friends,
Tom and Tama-Chan

Ludo van puppy said...

Oh Niamh it looks like you and your friends have a pawsome time at your class. We is sad we cannot see your video because me and mum would like to do this someday. Our monday night class is an advance/freestyle one.
~lickies, Ludo

Hero said...

I bet Ambrose was really jealous, because you got to have all the fun and treats that day. He must have also been very proud to have a superstar like you as a big sister!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Ya Niamh you are doing such a good job. We are so proud of you. We know you will do great in July..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a talented bunch of doggies you all are, Niamh! We know you'll do a bang-up job in July! Poor,Ambrose! We're sure he'll learn the routines when he gets a bit older!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Good job Niamh, we hope Barbara can get someone to video you next time. We would love to see you in action. :-)



Holly & Zac...XX

Blogdog said...

Hi Niamh

We are really impressed with all that you can do! The very best of luck in July!

lots of woofs
Clive

Hero said...

Stop by my blog sometime, Niamh. I have an award for you!

Joey said...

Hi Niamh! How cool that you got to work on your dancing moves with all those nice people and dogs. I'm sure you'll do great in July!

See ya!
Joey

Honey the Great Dane said...

OH Niamh, how exciting!! I wish I could have come along! I have never been to a freestyle workshop - we're so far in New Zealand that nobody comes out to visit us! My human has to just make things up and teach herself and me!

I wish you got a video too - I would have SO loved to watch you in action!

Have to say, I don't think I will be learning that trick of standing on my human's feet...think I would just squash them!! Hee! hee!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Tee said...

Wow, you're a very clever dog Niamh!

Licks and wags
Tuffy of Dog Woods

Momo and Pinot said...

Ok.... Niamh, we have to admit...., you, Ambrose and Barbara... what a pawfect and cute family!!! What can we ask more? We just LOVE looking at your photos!

Momo and Pinot

Fenway said...

Ms. Alpha went to Dog Days and saw just about every demonstrations possible. The Freestyle was the hit of the show and she's going to start using her iPod to add some rhythm to our obedience practices. Maybe someday you and I can enter Dancing With the Stars!!! Goodness knows we are both stars already!

PS: Ms. Alpha was really impressed with a move that one dancer did. She had cane with her—a prop. She and her Aussie would dance around it. Then, she got the Aussie to wrap his front paw around it and hold it in place against his chest. Then she danced around it! That move got a huge round of applause.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Sue said...

Wow, you are one talented dog. We do lots of fun stuff, but we can't dance.

Mango said...

Oh boy! Momma says if I work hard at my obedience I can do freestyle just like you. My brother has some moves, but I am a much faster learner.

I am getting better, but obedience school makes me more tired than agilities. Momma says because I use my brain more.

Kisses,
Dexter

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