The Singin Bowl is back for a second year, which makes me wonder what has changed. There is the same old time. There are still some fun activities available for kids to enjoy.
Kids love to be on television and I bet they are watching the local competitions. As for the prize for the best dance performance, it is not a real prize, but something to be won at the event. They still compete with their music talent to win the prize, but the prizes they will receive for different songs will vary from year to year.
Last year the prize was a free sing along CD at a local restaurant for the winner of the dance competition. This year they decided to add a prize, so that the top four would get a free meal from a local restaurant.
This year’s local restaurants include Carrabba’s Italian, Creamery, Frank and Chimney, Three Dots and a Dash, and others. I am going to ask each one of my kids to pick a song from their list to send in the prize for.
I think it might be fun to pick songs for prizes that can help the kids earn extra points at the end of the night. For example, if the kids make a lead into a commercial for an upcoming feature film, then they will go home with a pair of tickets to that feature and have to get back to the dance floor in time to watch it.
Of course, there are only going to be three pairs that are going to have the real prizes. But at least they will have done their part for the night.
As far as the music, there are two different stages during the Singin Bowl event. One stage is a dance competition where the children perform one song each. The kids will be outfitted in the same form-fitting outfits as the older audience members and will also have those big smiles on their faces, like everyone else in the audience.
There is a second stage, the challenge dance competition, which is held before the main event. The dances are performed to music and the judges try to make the children dance to a song that is not available on any radio stations. It is not like the regular competition, but is more fun for all of the kids.
The dance competition is the main attraction at the Singin Bowl event. The more dances they perform, the better their chances of winning.
There is a grand prize at the Singin Bowl that the winning dancer will receive a signed recording from their favorite artist. As always, the song is at random and I know this is frustrating for me to have to select a song for my kids to sing, but that is how it works.
Another thing I have to do is make sure the prize is prepared before the contest begins and there is no need to cancel dinner set up. There are the dinner and the dance, so I have to make sure the prizes are in the right place before the first act of the night.
The Singin Bowl is very much the same. You have your dancing, your challenges, your prizes, and your winners. They are the same as always and will continue to be so for as long as I coach my child performers.