The Showcase

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Ah the showcase has come and gone. Bittersweet. 12 weeks for 70 seconds of fame! I think I may have had an advantage being the last dancer of the evening. Sitting through the whole show, I was able to manage my nerves. I clapped loudly and smiled big, cheering on all of the other performances. Honestly, everyone looked amazing! I just kept thinking ‘if I mess up, I have to continue. I can’t be the only one to collapse.’ As my name was called, I took a deep breath and said to myself ‘being nervous right now will do nothing for you. This is just another dance lesson’, and off we went. Throughout the whole routine, I made sure not to make eye contact with anyone. I don’t even think I did with the Ryan. Lol but the routine felt comfortable. My feet knew what to do. The fringe on my dress was excited and animated and made the cha cha feel even more real. I wish I could’ve had more time with my costume! I think it would’ve helped the character shine through! The part I was the most nervous about was the spiral turns, but I did them and they didn’t look too bad. I came in early for my dip, but glad I made it happen. At the end, I was breathing pretty hard, but smiling ear to ear. Ryan escorted me off the stage, and I felt PROUD. I knew I had made maybe 2 minor mistakes, but nothing huge. I had done what I came to do. Did it look amazing? No. Did it look good for an amateur in 12 weeks? Oh heck yeah it did. And it felt good. It felt amazing to perform again. My adrenaline was pumping so much, I wanted to do it again! ‘Look at me world!’ I rewatched the video my friends took, and saw my mistakes, but overall I give myself a 9/10, on the amateur level. After watching others dance all night, I can see where my technique needs work, and how the motion of the hips should be dramatized, but overall, I did it. And I feel so proud 🙂

This whole experience has taught me numerous things about myself. If something is fun, it’s easier for me to learn. Even if it seems easy, if I want to be better, practicing outside of the learning environment is necessary. I hold myself to a high standard, but not always. Which can be good and bad. I will always want to be involved with rhythm and music, that’s just who and what I am. I do thrive under pressure. Apparently I like a good challenge. And, I may not be a ballroom dancer, but I’m still a performer 🙂

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