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Old-Spanish Day Controversy
updated: Apr 16, 2012, 11:34 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

The Old-Spanish Days winners were announced on Saturday, but there is some controversy as the Jr. Spirit winner. The winner is 12 years old and lives in Ventura County. OSD rules state that the Jr. Spirit is to be 9-11 years old and must reside in Santa Barbara County. Does this sound fair?

Last night Old Spanish Days Facebook page was bombarded with posts from people angry that the rules were broken. I checked back this morning and all the posts were deleted.

OSD is standing by their decision to allow this child to be Jr. Spirit even though the rules were broken. What do you all think?

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 271864 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 11:39 AM

Not fair at all.

 

 COMMENT 271866P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 11:42 AM

Always a good thing to teach kids that rules don't apply.

 

 COMMENT 271868 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 11:45 AM

I think it's rotten!

 

 COMMENT 271871P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 11:52 AM

Break the rules, get rewarded? Not a good way to teach our kids right from wrong. I think they should do the right thing and disqualify the child. OSD is putting a black mark on their long tradition that they don't need.

 

 COMMENT 271875 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 11:56 AM

Bad bad bad! Not sure if I want to support OSD after this.

 

 COMMENT 271879P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:05 PM

Sure seems rigged. There was no one within the rules who qualified? The cover-up on Facebook confirms that there was cheating and they don't want to address it.

 

 COMMENT 271880P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:07 PM

Who knows, maybe to increase revenue the Old Spanish Days will be outsourced to China or India? Now that might be interesting on further thought.

 

 COMMENT 271881 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:07 PM

Unfortunately the 12 year old Ventura resident should be disqualified. For all the obvious reasons; age and residency. The rules are the rules. Change them before, not after the contest.

 

 COMMENT 271883 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:12 PM

Maybe one parent lives in SB and one in Ventura, and perhaps the kid was 11 when entering and just turned 12.

I think the OP should relax.

 

 COMMENT 271886 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:17 PM

OP doesn't really need to relax as it doesn't sound like they are upset, just questioning OSD and the rules.

You must be no older than 11 years old during fiesta to be Jr. Spirit as the rules have stated and the contracts were signed.

I'm not suprised by OSD decision, but its not fair to all the girls who could have tried out but were not able to because of their age.

 

 COMMENT 271889P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:22 PM

Why not present this information to the local media and see if any follow up with a story.

 

 COMMENT 271892 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:30 PM

How politically incorrect. Old Spanish days? What, got a problem with New Spanish days? Might as well call it Senior Days at this rate. It's time to have the Chumash run this thing. Maybe they can bring their portable casino down for some real fun.

 

 COMMENT 271897P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:34 PM

872P, yes I am an adult. An adult whose life is based on truth, honesty, and knowing right from wrong. And this is wrong. To me this will be a black mark on OSD's record if they let this decision stand.

 

 COMMENT 271900 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:42 PM

Boooooo!! Hiss! Such a poor example for children.

 

 COMMENT 271905 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 12:50 PM

I don't know I'm kind of feeling like the person that started this post maybe has an ulterior motive. Did your kid lose to the 12 year old?

 

 COMMENT 271913 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 01:18 PM

I feel bad for the 12 y/o, but they should pick someone else.

 

 COMMENT 271914 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 01:20 PM

Why are there rules if they don't abide by them?

Does anyone know if this girl was a newcomer or if she tried out last year? All the girls that try out for this know each other and have been dancing together since they were tots.

 

 COMMENT 271917 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 01:24 PM

Half hearsay report seems like a softball for the usual edhaters. The OSD folks sound like they are not managing the situation well, but perhaps there is some extenuating circumstance left out of this rumor?

 

 COMMENT 271918 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 01:24 PM

I can only hope that some of the local dance troops that dedicate their entire year to practice to perform at the OSD's events will boycott this year and perhaps let OSD know that they don't approve of their breaking the rules! OSD has so many rules for these young girls and they work their butts off running from event to event, so perhaps if all those thousands of spectators show up to the steps of the courthouse and they only have their 12 year old from Ventura performing they may think twice next time!

 

 COMMENT 271919 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 01:25 PM

What part of no don't you understand? I'd like to hear more of the details. But why would you enter if you knew what the rules were and you didn't qualify? Sounds like the parents caused this.

 

 COMMENT 271933 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:00 PM

ya that just doesnt seem right. bummer :-/ I mean this is an SB event, non locals have already been ruining it enough these past years. Oh well.

 

 COMMENT 271934 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:02 PM

The girl should be disqualified plain and simple. I find it impossible to believe that NO ONE realized she was not eligible. Honestly, sounds like someone might be playing favorites.

And what about all the 11 year old girls that do reside in SB and had this as their last year for eligibility. Unfair all around. This is a Santa Barbara event. I am sure there are plenty of Ventura events this other child could participate in.

 

 COMMENT 271936 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:09 PM

As a SB Native I am disgusted at them having it be someone that doesn't reside here and that is older than the rules call for. It seems so simple, rules should be followed! Sad for the little girl but if she performs and walks in the parades she will be booed, is that what they want her experience to be like? How terrible!

 

 COMMENT 271937 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:11 PM

Many times in local youth competitions, the student needs to go to school in SB County. So they could live in Ventura, but attend school in SB County, and that would make them eligible. Not sure if that is the case with this particular event, just adding some insight.

 

 COMMENT 271938 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:12 PM

OP here - no ulterior motive, I have no children trying out but my husband showed me the posts last night on OSD FB page & I found them interesting to read. I do have a child who dances who I would not allow to try out anyhow, but I feel bad for the 12 year old & I agree her parents probably put her in this bad spot. Some of the posts (on FB) said some really horrible things about this child (she is a child still, low blows in my opinion) & others were just frustrated at OSD for leaving things as is. I do have friends whose children could no longer try out because they were 6 months over the 11 year age limit & others whose children did try out & have been great sports. I'm sure there is a whole lot more to this story, maybe someone out there in the edhat community knows.

 

 JUKINJAY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:25 PM

889P, EdHat *is* the local media. :-)

 

 COMMENT 271942 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:31 PM

The age limit to play in the Little League World Series is 12, but guess what? Half the players are 13. Know why? Because you have to be 12 by the deadline set up by the LLWS, which happens to be BEFORE the series begins.

Same thing here. This girl was 11 and she lived in SB during pre-screening . SHE IS ELIGIBLE.

Time for you all to move on. Have a nice day.

 

 COMMENT 271943 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:34 PM

This isn't the first time the OSD directors have done something completely...well...stupid. Remember 5 or 6 years ago when some juvenile Fiesterino--I think it was the Junior Spirit or someone--was disqualified and thrown out because she was caught kissing another girl and therefore must be a lesbian? After that, nothing OSD does surprises me. Of course importing an out-of-county resident which is clearly AGAINST THE RULES is a terrible decision, but that seems to be par for the course for OSD.

 

 COMMENT 271944 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 02:36 PM

directly from the Old Spanish Days facebook page:

"We at Old Spanish Days thank this year’s Spirit and Jr. Spirit participants, and their families. We are aware that mistakes were made during the audition process and Old Spanish Days regrets that these mistakes were not identified sooner. The Board of Directors will work diligently to improve the selection and due diligence process. We realize that not everyone will agree with the Board’s decision, but it is now time to move forward and celebrate the accomplishments of all the participants."

so yes, they ignored or were less-than-knowledgeable about the rules they created themselves, and now they are telling an entire community of children that they can basically do what they want. deplorable.

 

 COMMENT 271953 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 03:06 PM

BP summarizes it nicely. A human mistake was made and correcting the mistake would likely cause more harm to the girl than is alleviated in the other contestants. Life is unfair, so if you care to fix this little injustice, I suggest you volunteer for the OSD.

 

 COMMENT 271955 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 03:07 PM

Dumb! Time to call in the PR professionals.

 

 COMMENT 271959 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 03:20 PM

@COMMENT 271942

Lies.

The said winner's parent/guardian signed a contract in January (once the said winner was already 12) stating that the said winner would be between the ages of 9-11 at the date of the spirit of fiesta auditions....

 

 COMMENT 271960 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 03:21 PM

Can OSD explain to those participants who "lost" in the competition just how they will "celebrate their accomplishments" knowing they were cheated. Where is the Presidente for all of this?? Is he unable to make an apology, that is owed to each girl and their families. Has "The Great Powerful Oz" spoken? This is sad!

 

 COMMENT 271968 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 03:57 PM

In actuality, the child is correct & SHOULD be allowed to participate in old Spanish days. We must study our own Nation`s history concerning governing bodies & the statutes provided to the citizenry to guide a fair & lawful environment while promoting honest relationships with our fellows....
In other words...When was the last time "They" followed the rules? lm[darn]ao.
ps...Loved the idea of "New Spanish days"...I actually presented it to the Mayor once so "we" [Chumash]could participate too....she ran me out of her office on a rail....still lm[darn]ao

 

 COMMENT 271972P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 04:08 PM

Lovely thing to teach the kids. Rules are rules unless you can cheat and get away with it. Then the rules will be broken so the adults, who should know better, will not look bad and the cheater will not feel bad. Does this even begin to make sense to anyone???

 

 COMMENT 271975 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 04:20 PM

This case is ultimately blatant lying and manipulation by the said winner's parents and instructor. It is deceitful and manipulative to have deliberately bent the rules in the hopes of sneaking past the radar of the Old Spanish Days committee.

 

 COMMENT 271976P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 04:21 PM

On further reflection, there is a bright side to this travesty: We finally have a bona fide REASON to boycott Old Spanish Daze! Now we can avoid the whole Fiesco and be politically correct at the same time.

 

 COMMENT 271991 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 05:01 PM

I feel sorry for the little girl who will probably experience the backlash from the parent's poor judgement. It will be sad if she gets booed or no one claps for her when she dances. She's a little too young to realize that she should step down and do the right thing and is probably being encouraged by her parents to keep the title. This could damage her for life.....hope it is worth the few moments of glory and the ego gratification for the parents.

 

 COMMENT 272001 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 05:27 PM

Follow the rules or bag the whole thing.

What rules are they going to slip next time?

Fiesta is a Santa Barbara thing-- not a " I attend a dance class in SB, but really live in Oxnard/Ventura/LA." (Dont know where she lives--it's just an example).

Booo! to the her Stage Mom for putting the girl in this bad situation, and teaching her that the rules don't apply.

 

 COMMENT 272016 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 06:33 PM

OSD recently apologized for some mistakes the board made for a pre-Fiesta event. Our intention in doing so was to acknowledge the problem while assuring everyone that we are looking into the issues. This intention was not clearly stated in our earlier facebook post so we have deleted it in favor of this post. OSD is working diligently so that we can put this to rest. We will announce any decision through the news. Our mission is to celebrate the history and culture of Santa Barbara by producing an amazing festival. And to all of you who help and support us, thank you for making the festival great.

 

 COMMENT 272031P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 07:11 PM

272021 - really? I think you need to look at the previous admin for lying (Iraq war reasons), cheating (it was all for oil), stealing (tax breaks for the rich, lost money in Iraq)? You need to open your eyes.

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 08:06 PM

I agree with 976P, but I've always felt like boycotting Fiesta, sociologically, historically, personally, and, as it is for so many locals, it's just a PITA. Although I was THRILLED to be an outrider next to Bob Mastagni and his Belgians almost 40 years ago. I was a little girl then. Bless him & Nancy. (Bob & I shared horse boarding grounds & bartered work). I still miss him.

It sounds like the OSD board really messed up. I need to read more. I sure don't like what I've heard so far.

Yes, I see my contradiction. She's twelve; I too was a little kid when I rode in the parade. But no one knew me. She's Jr. Spirit, high profile, and things have changed so much...

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 08:16 PM

Sorry, I must clarify:
I do not agree with 976, if that poster has never before found a reason to dislike, disagree with or "boycott" Fiesta before this.

 

 COMMENT 272050P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 09:21 PM

976 here again: As a third-generation Santa Barbaran who has lived through every Fiesta in this town since the 1940s, I can only observe that the REAL Fiesta died in the 1960s and it's successor was/is a community schlockfest whose only purpose seems to be public drunkenness, sexual debauchery and public urination. And I won't even mention the vomitorium that is the walkway between El Mercado and State Street through Storke Placita or Plazita or whatever the hell it's called these days, As KTYD'S resident bad boys Mark Ward and Phil Proctor so correctly pointed out way back in the 1970s, "the spirit of Fiesta is to spend money."

I've been quietly boycotting Old Spanish Daze for 20 years, simply because of what it's degenerated to. I more loudly boycotted it a few years ago when the OSD director(s) publicly vilified that poor young girl who kissed another girl and was then made to feel terrible about it.

So this year, I will once again stay away from any and all fiestivities--only now I have an Official Reason.

OSD is apparently now acknowledging the screw-up, leaving the question begging of exactly how they could "overlook" two such major factors as the contestant's age and place of residency.

 

 COMMENT 272053P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-16 10:40 PM

CORRECTION: 976 here again. The Proctor & Ward reference in the posting directly before this one should have said RICHARD Proctor, not Phil. Sorry, Rich.

 

 COMMENT 272083 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:37 AM

If the rules no longer apply... change them. But to go against them for expediency is morally bankrupt.

 

 COMMENT 272086P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:42 AM

The next special episode of Toddlers & Tiaras, Santa Barbara edition!

Her parents willfully broke the rules, and Old Daze let it happen, and doubled-down on the willful error by including "age 12" in their advertising. Compound it all by the cheater having their family lawyer involved.

Now they have to clarify a statement under perjury about the age, and they have to include a long definition of what residency in Santa Barbara County really means.

 

 COMMENT 272091 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:49 AM

Parents and dance studio are at fault in this one. Unfortunately, they're dragging the pre-teen through the mud and more along with themselves.
Sad, sad example for the dancer, who's not the leader here, but still should not be participating in the competition according to the rules.

 

 COMMENT 272093 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:50 AM

Fiesta is what you make of it. You can participate or you can avoid it. Yes, it brings tourist and income to our city. Many memories are made at Fiesta. It is sad that for a group of hard working dancers, this years they now have a Fiesta memory that will become a dark moment in the Fiesta HIstory. OSD is all volunteers, mistakes are made and they will work it out. Why is everyone ready to rush to judgement. The competition for Sr & Jr Spirit has always been a hot issue. Over the years I have heard more bad about the comp then good. The girls that win work so hard to get there and so very hard during the year. My best to all involved and I wish everyone whatever happens to move forward in a positive manner.

 

 COMMENT 272095P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:50 AM

What is next? Will they kick out bi-curious teenage flower girls?

Oh, never mind, they already did that under the intrepid leadership of El Presidente Chippy Wullbrandt.

 

 COMMENT 272096P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:56 AM

In this case, a kiss is not just a kiss, on August 6, 2005

Señorita dismissed for same-sex embrace by Old Spanish Days. A 15-year-old girl was ousted from appearing at official Old Spanish Days activities after she kissed another girl at a Fiesta event at the Santa Barbara Mission.

A distraught Jacqui Dunn spoke exclusively to news writer Josh Molina from her Carpinteria home -- at the same time she was supposed to walk up State Street in the marquee Fiesta parade as a member of Las Señoritas, a group of 14- to 17-year-olds who lead the Flower Girls in Fiesta events.

 

 SEEDLADY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 08:16 AM

Phil Proctor might say: "I think we are all Bozos on THIS bus!"

 

 COMMENT 272144 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 09:17 AM

Well, the whole nation seemed comfortable with fake, hacked elections for the leader of our country in 2000 and 2004 so you can put away your "truth and honesty" nonsense. Cutting corners and cheating is what gets rewarded and nice guys finish last. Wall Street took down the economy here in the U.S. and in dozens of countries around the world and then got bailed out as a reward for their criminality. Obviously our little tempest in a teapot means nothing...

 

 COMMENT 272154 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 09:36 AM

Bond between dancers goes beyond the title. What if the winner and the runner up were allowed to share the title of Jr. Spirits of Fiesta? Just imagine it. No one is a winner here, if the winner steps down, then the next in line is by default. There is so much dancing going around the week of Fiesta the girls could easily share the honor. I think that this would speak volums for what the Spirit of Fiesta really means. Think about it girls. Just an idea of what an ambassador as Spirit might do.

 

 COMMENT 272167 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 09:59 AM

So the parents hired an attorney who will sue OSD if their daughter is stripped of the title?

Wow. this gets better by the day. Why drag your child through so much controversy? I don't believe this child should be booed, but her parents are not being responsible parents & definitely not setting great examples.

I do not believe she should be allowed to hold the title, much less share it.

I do realize that all the OSD's board members are all volunteers & they made a mistake by not verifying ages (which I'm sure they will do a much better job of doing next year) & they are to blame for making a mistake, but her parents signed the application & lied about her age and address. Her dance teacher was also aware of her age.

I wish I could just pull my daughter out of dance all together this fiesta, unfortunately we have also invested time & money this year otherwise we would most definitely pull her. We will definitely stick to sports next year.

 

 JUKINJAY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 09:59 AM

OSD should award the title to a contestant who followed the rules. This is only fair. It maintains whatever integrity they have left. It also avoids sending the message to youth that cheating is not only acceptable but the way to win.

 

 COMMENT 272176 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 10:11 AM

Spanish Days/Fiesta people problems. Sheesh!

 

 COMMENT 272222 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 12:07 PM

I'm sure that the true details of this unfortunate event are not being correctly or completely stated by the news outlets in town. I suspect that only the parents, contestants and dance instructors know the real facts. The adults involved in this fiasco should be punished, not the kids. No titles should be taken away from children. OSD should award a co-title to the next ranked contestant who followed the rules. Any adult who was involved in the OSD selection, and thereby, letting the contest proceed with unvalidated contestants should be forbidden to participate in any future OSD contests. Qualified dance instructors in this town know the rules, and if they allowed a dance student to set inappropriate goals, then they should be removed from their jobs. It is time to stop punishing children for the mistakes of adults.

 

 COMMENT 272238 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 12:56 PM

Oh the drama of Fiesta.

Sounds like there's a bad vibe to it already.

 

 EARO65 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 01:31 PM

Don't they take away Olympic medals? Is Fiesta more important than that? She should not be rewarded.

Oh, and this reminds me of the mom back east who wanted to get her kids into better schools, so did, then went to jail because the better school was the one where family members lived, not the mom.

 

 COMMENT 272281 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 01:58 PM

I think it's funny that anyone considers the Fiesta as anything more than an excuse to pack bars and get drunk.

All you whiners wouldn't listen to this horrible Mexican music or watch the boring dancing the rest of the year even if someone paid you. So why get all hot and bothered about it?

 

 ELELLEN2 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 03:25 PM

As a past La Presidente and one who worked hard with the dance schools and parents along with Old Spanish Days to make and put these rules in place having been Chair of this event for over 4 years I am appalled that Old Spanish Days is allowing this girl to be the Junior Spirit when she and her mother have broken the rules, but even more so the Old Spanish Days agrees that is ok to go against the rules, SHAME ON THEM what is this saying to our young people that its ok to lie and break rules? again SHAME ON OSD instead replace the girl with the runner up and do what is right

 

 COMMENT 272337 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 05:15 PM

Pretty simple. The parent(s) committed fraud. Book em Dano

 

 COMMENT 272379 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 07:15 PM

A poster above stated that the regulations regarding age and location are applied at the time of qualification for the competition. And then states "Same thing here. This girl was 11 and she lived in SB during pre-screening . SHE IS ELIGIBLE." If this is true, then SHAME ON ALL OF US because the conclusions drawn here pretty much amount to - boycott and shut down Old Spanish Days, arrest her parents, wail and moan that all of our children have been taught that rules are made to be broken (as if they aren't seeing that every time we roll through a stop sign or break the speed limit?) and hang the girl out to dry. Fantastic. I feel the community spirit here. If she actually goes through with this, I may actually go for the first time ever, just to cheer her on. If, in reality, there WAS subterfuge and blatant cheating on the part of the girl AND her parents, AND the eligibility requirements ARE very clearly and explicitly applied at the time of the final competition rather than the initial registration process, THEN maybe we can all get out our pitchforks and tiki torches to storm the castle??

 

 COMMENT 272406P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-17 09:20 PM

SANYSIDRO--Please read posting 271959, which directly addresses and contradicts what you claim. From all accounts, the child really IS ineligible.

 

 COMMENT 272423P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-18 07:37 AM

Because the "winner" girl was over age 12, she had an advantage as the oldest contestant when all the other girls were less than age 12. That is cheating, and everyone let it happen with eyes wide open.

The Spanish Daze organization erred egregiously and multiple times because they allowed the overage girl to continue competing and they erred with the advertisement that included age 12 in the announcement.

The family of the "winner" girl pursuing this with their lawyer only compounds the sleaze here, squarely by her overly ambitious parents.

 

 COMMENT 272533 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-04-18 11:19 AM

I am sooo appauld by all of this. As a HUGE follower of Fiesta's and also a parent of a child who has danced for 9 years as well, we devote our entire year to dance practice and also spend thousands of dollars for this event. Not only that, but we parents take a leave of work for a week sometimes even more to transport our kids from show to show. Do our kids get paid or even the studio for this event??? We all do this for Old Spanish Days, and this is how OUR children get repaid, by their own RULES being BROKEN!!! Not fair!! Of course, you only hear small details about this on the media. My question is, since when did bringing your camper and parking it in front of friend's house for week of Fiesta count as "RESIDENCY" Give me a break!!! I can't believe that the Broida's thought that "NO ONE" was going to say anything if this happened. This is a small town with devoted girls and teachers doing something they love and a strong FLAMENCO PRIDE. Everyone knows everyone, so why try to trick the system and not confirm the rules. It's written in black and white and THEY READ THE RULES TO YOU AT EVERY MEETING YOU ATTEND. Incase you "CAN'T READ", I have never seen adds announcing the age limit to be 12. Since when did the media or paper become in charge of "OLD SPANISH DAYS RULES" ?If you weren't sure of the age limit you know who to contact at the OSD office, especially if your daughter has been in the auditions 3 or 4 times. Also, to clarify something else, Latisha stated they spent "THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS" for this event. Well, so did the girls that were of age and lived in SB county and knew the rules they needed to follow. Just a little reminder, the dress Saide wore this year for her AUDITIONS was her sister's that she wore about 4 years ago when she auditioned for the title, so don't whine to the media that you went to Spain and bought the dress for this event. Everyone else spent over $300.00 or more for their dresses for "this event", not 4 years ago. Don't get me wrong, that's great that you can re use your dresses for the last TWO auditions, but don't complain about it. We all know the cost of this before we get our children involved in any sport or dance company, no one is breaking your arm and forcing you to do this. Now, as for OSD, you got yourself in this as well. You wrote the rules and you stress this at every meeting. How can you allow this to happen? You OPENED the "CAN OF WORMS" and now you have a whole town upset about your DOING'S. Fix it if you want to continue your AUGUST FIESTA TRADITION, because there's going to be "NO ONE" ON THAT STAGE PERFORMING FOR YOUR EVENT. If your JR.SPIRIT performs, the poor little girl will get BOOED by spectators that know what has happened with this "TRAVESTY"!!! I for one would never do that to that child, but the parents and dance teacher should have known the "Ruckus" this was going to cause for her. Bless this child that she get's through this and "Bless" these 8 other girls that the chance was tak... [ more ]

 

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