I keep telling myself that I’m going to write a really great long post about the awesome Fiesta de las naciones that we had the other day in our stake, but time is really tight right now, so I’m just going to take it one number at a time.

We attend the Spanish branch of the LDS church here in Cedar City. For months now, the kids have been preparing a couple of special dance numbers for a great “Celebration of Nations” that our branch (congregation) put on for the community. It was a huge sacrifice for Betty to get the kids to the rehearsals even while they were doing Brain Balance, but it looked like an opportunity we didn’t want to miss.

So finally the big night arrived. It was a two-and-a-half hour program featuring singing and dancing from lots of different members of the branch. Kimball and the girls have been so excited for so long to perform, but shortly before he was up to perform, Kimball started getting nervous. I’ve see the look in his eyes many times before. He starts to panic. His mouth crinkles up like he doesn’t want to cry. He told me that he wasn’t going to do the dance because everyone was going to laugh.

My heart sank.

I tried to tell him that people would only laugh because they thought it was cool, but he was resolute. Then he told me that the issue was his costume. He was supposed to wear a fish tail because the dance is about fish, but he didn’t want to. That made everything much easier. I told him he didn’t have to wear the fish tail. He seemed to calm down.

So he went backstage, and I went out front to watch the dance start. You will notice that Kimball does not come out for some time. I have to admit that I was starting to worry, and with good reason. My mother was there and she told me that when the dance started Kimball bolted for her and told her that he was not going to dance. She tried to coax him into going up, but he wouldn’t. The director of the dance was trying to convince him to wear the fish tail. Betty went straight to this sister, told her matter-of-factly that Kimball would be dancing without the fish tail, and that was the end of it. Kimball was on stage in time, and stole the show with his awesome stage presence — especially his hip-shaking moves towards the end of the number.

Anahí and Alicia also did an awesome job on this dance. They are second and fourth in the line at the beginning.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.