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The next morning we were up early to have breakfast and to practice
for our performance that we had later in the day. This was one of the
bigger performances we had and honestly probably the coolest one I have
ever been able to be a part of.
We were asked to perform for the US Consulate at the private
4th of July party they were holding at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The stage
was beautiful, the room decorated to perfection and the food looked
absolutely amazing. We were able to mingle with the crowd for quite some
time and met many important people not only from China, but many Americans
who were now living in China; a few that were actually from Atlanta.
We took lots of pictures and were all astounded at the gratitude
they showed us for being there and making this such a special event for them.
There was an introduction to the event and then the presentation of the American
Flag followed by our National Anthem. As much as everyone there appreciated and
enjoyed this event, we did as well and were thankful we could still celebrate and
honor our country’s’ independence even though we were thousands of miles away
After this presentation we mingled for a bit longer and then headed back to our
private room to get ready for our performances. It was almost time for us to take
the stage when we were informed another celebrity guest had just arrived and that we
needed to delay our performance 5 minutes to ensure we would have the crowds full
attention instead of splitting it with Mr. Yao Ming!! Hahaha! Yea right!!
The host ended up asking Mr. Ming to move to the center of the room and watch us to ensure
the crowd followed his lead. To say the least, we had full-undivided attention from all.
The performances went perfectly and everyone loved our dance as well as our performance
with Harry to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal.
Following our performances we were able to meet and take a picture with Mr. Yao Ming and
let me say I have never seen, let alone met and shook hands with a taller person than him!
He is 7’6 and our heads were barely level with his stomach!! I can only imagine how small
we’re going to look in our group picture! It was definitely an honor and we were grateful
for the entire experience.
That night we went to a really nice Italian restaurant to officially celebrate Donni’s Birthday!!
The food wasn’t exactly like the Italian food we are accustomed to in the States, but it was
close enough and we really enjoyed it.
Almost forgot, there was a pianist at the restaurant, still not sure what country he was
from, but when we walked in he started playing ‘Georgia On My Mind’!! It was so cool and
such a nice reminder of home. We then informed him that we had a birthday girl with us
and he, along with the waiters and waitresses of the restaurant, sang Happy Birthday to Donni!!