Minneapolis, MN

For the past three years I have been a part of dance team at Kennedy High School. Being a part of the team includes competing at four competitions. These competitions are Iowa, Stack the Stands, State, and Regionals. The Regional competition is our furthest travel from home. We drive from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I would have to say the Regional dance competition is my favorite.

At regionals we get to drive up a day before competing and go shopping at the Mall of America. Shopping is my hobby, I could shop in any city or town I visit. The only catch to this competition is that it lands right after Christmas. Basically, you receive all your Christmas gifts and then you get a bunch more gifts the week after. Funny how it works out this way.

First off when shopping at the Mall of America, you have to plan out your time because there is 4 levels to the mall. There is no way you could possibly make it through every store in six or less hours. The stores I visit are Aerie, BCBG, Buckle, DSW, Free People, Francesca’s, H&M, Lucky Brand, Lululemon,  Nike, Nordstrom, PacSun, The Body Shop, Tilly’s, Urban Outfitters, and Victoria Secret. All these stores really interest me because most of them are stores Cedar Rapids doesn’t have. Shopping at stores out of state is always nice due to not everyone having the chance of having the same outfit as you.

After the long day of shopping our team always stops to eat around 6:30 at the Rainforest Café. Here we all get to enjoy a nice meal before going back to the hotel to get a good nights rest. Then before you know it, competition day has arrived. Our team wakes up early to get ready for the long day. Usually, we compete our jazz routine in the early afternoon and then our pom routine will be performed later that night. In between routines we get some time to finish up our last minute shopping we didn’t’ get to the day before.

The trip is planned out pretty swiftly and consists of a lot of exercise so you have to be in the mood. Your feet will hurt and your body will get hungry but you have to keep going. Shopping is the best part of the trip other then the two other performances. Next time you’re visiting Minnesota take a trip to the biggest mall in America.

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