Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Saturday Edition: Arthur Murray Fall 2012 DC Freestyles


I forgot to mention that my wonderful parents, brother Tom and little sister Bonnie, all came down from PA to watch me dance on Friday night.  Itwas so awesome to have them there supporting me and I was really excited for them to meet my dance instructors that I blab on and on about all the time to them.  They now have a face and awesome dancing skills to put with the names! 

Friday night we all hung out inthe hotel, me and Bonnie in one bed, my parents in the other and poor Tom on the floor in between the beds!  Hes a champactually he had the best spot because Bonnie threw me the elbow a few times and my parents snored so loudly that I woke upand remained awake for a few hours.  Needless to say, between the elbows, snoring and me being minorly mental about messing up the Foxtrot, sleep was a challenge.  I think I got a good 3 hours in

Saturday morning came around and I was bouncing out of bed and into the shower! I teased the crap out of my hair in the hopes of achieving volume and put it in a back bun.  The eye lashes went on a little easier the second time around and my makeup was much more natural.  Saturday was Smooth day, so I wanted to appear classic.  I put on a borrowed purple gown and received quite the compliments from my family.  Apparently purple is my color and I looked skinnier than normal (Yippy!). 

Since Im addicted to coffee, we all headed down to Starbucks and fulfilled our desire.  The kids hung out on one chairand my parents hung out on the other. My little sister is at that age where being with her parents isnt cool, but being with her siblings still is cool. God, I hope I am always cool enough to hang with her!  J  Pretty soon it was time to enter the ballroom and practice. My family headed up to the room, packed up and came back to the ballroom to watch me dance. 

Taras and I danced a waltz and a tango.  Ahh!  It was heavenly.  I stumbled for a second during the waltz in one of the travels, but other than that, it felt really good.  I really, really enjoy dancing smooth.  My mind was focused on following his lead, keeping my conductor's posture, smiling and having a long neck.  I felt really strong in the Tango and waltz, but I guess its all relative because I have no idea how anyone else did.  One thing I know, spinning in a ballroom dress is awesome! I felt like a princess when Taras spun me at the end of the Waltz.  Such a cool feeling!  Later on my mom informed me that she teared up!!  Ahh!!  I have the best parents ever!

Eric and I performed single swing, rumba and cha cha.  The single swing was super easy and Eric made me laugh quite a bit with his finger pointing and winking!  I love swing!  Its just a super high energy, fun dance.  I know I probably have a ton of technique to work on, but I felt strong in it and I was happy with my performance.  The rumba felt good too.  I got a little quick at times which I am not happy about, but it was nothing compared to my complete and utter collapse during the cha cha.  I dont want to talk about it. It was ugly.

Susie and Amber performed throughout the day and they did wonderful and looked phenomenal! They are extremely beautiful ladies!    
 


 

Saturday afternoon there was a dance battle between Virginia and Maryland. Virginia was themed as Spartans, Gods and Goddess, while Maryland was the theme of the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderlandenough said. Maryland was awesome.  We were very unorganized which was a disappointment and while our costumes were good, Marylands were great!  They were brighter, funnier, louder, more organizedthey put on a show.  I was warned that I would be dancing with a complete stranger within my level and I was a little nervous, not about the guy, but rather about the dance.  My main fear was that the dance selected would either be a weakness of mine or a weakness of his, so when swing was announced and my partner said Oh Good! I like this dance! I was extremely relieved.   We did well! I was a bit more flamboyant than he was, but thats not too surprising J


Break time before Ball Time!!  Thank God!  I needed a nap so badly after not sleepingwell the night before.  I watched GLEE and slept for a bit, then got all dolled up for a nice dinner, some dancing and awards.  Susie, Amber and I all won awards for our division.  Eric won the best instructor award J  Yea, we pretty much rock!  Lol.  The dancing was quite fun and really relaxed. Guys asked girls to dance, the floor was packed, I learned a few new steps, met a few new people and really just had fun!  Ive never seen so many talented dancers in one place everbut Im sure it wont be the last.  I am going to work extremely hard, take practices more seriously and really try to dance the best I can dance in the future.  Messing up a few dances has left a last imprint on me; I dont want it to happen again and the only way that I can prevent it from happening is if I practice my heart out and am extremely dedicated.

In closing, the weekend was like living a movie.  Being surrounded by fringe, ball gowns, dashing men in tuxes, great music, phenomenal dancing and extremely dedicated and interesting people, created an energy that cannot be described.  There was tension, excitement, pride, love and overall sense of accomplishment in the air.  It was awesome!  Thank you to everyone who made my first dance competition such a roaring success! 
 
Much love.

10 comments:

  1. you look gorgeous! so glad you had a fun weekend!

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    1. Thank you! It was an awesome experience.

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  2. I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend so much! It must've been wonderful to have your family visit while you partook in something you enjoy so passionately. I've got to see pictures of you in that purple dress!

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  4. OMG, Crazy-Girl! Love the "Flapper" looking headdress you're wearing in that picture! Awesome! I hope to see you dance more, both in quantity and quality, during the next Freestyles in March.

    Any chance you'll be doing Showcase or Dance-o-rama?

    Keep dancin' hard! Congrats on having a roaring success in your first comp!!

    Byl

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    1. :) Thanks for the compliments and support!

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  5. OMG, Crazy-Girl!!

    Congrats on the roaring success of your first comp! And congrats on your FIRST DANCE AWARD!!! So AWESOME!

    It was an amazing weekend! Hope to actually see you dance during the next comp!

    Any chance we'll see you at Showcase or Dance-o-rama?

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    1. Thank you! I don't know about Showcase or Dance-o-rama, but I will let you know if I do go :)

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  6. Cool! Sounds like such a nice time with family and friends!

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    1. It was for sure! You would love it!

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