These two pics are from the recent in-studio event we had. I’m getting all fierce and dramatic in these. I didn’t feel that I danced very well overall, but I am always glad to have opportunities to dance! 🙂
According to my feed a bunch of my blogging dancing friends are getting readyfor in-studio/franchise events. We just had ours a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t too pleased with my dancing, overall. I don’t know what happened to me. Guess it was one of those “off” days.
This was the last showcase. The puppet stage is right behind us.
Next on the horizon is, what our studio calls, a showcase. (Seems like each franchise has its own name for different in-house events.) These are choreographed numbers. I usually only participate in this event once a year on account of being involved in competitions at other times. (Last time I did a silly number with puppets and the Dean Martin version of “Good Morning Life.” I associate that song with the movie, “Return to Me” — a simple and charming flick about love.) This time around I will be doing a paso doble. You should note, dear friends, I have never done this dance before. It seems incredibly dramatic to me. My teacher has suggested we dance to “Granada” sung by Andrea Bocelli. So … we are going all old-school here. He has a grand idea ’bout a cape that becomes my skirt that he whips off or something like that — the choreography hasn’t actually taken place yet. I imagine I’ll have to make my costume if that’s the case. Another good experience for me … haha.
In my last lesson he started teaching me some basic paso. The footwork seems doable, but oh-my-gosh, that upper body shaping! Yowsa! I was sore the next day — been a while since I’ve actually been sore after a lesson. (Please, DON’T tell my teacher that as he will assume he hasn’t been pushing me hard enough!)
This showcase will done sometime in August. So, there’s plenty of time to learn it and polish it up. The people in my studio know that I can be very dramatic, so I’m sure it will come as no surprise to them that I’ll be doing it. But, I gotta tell you, it makes me a little nervous. I don’t want to be just be stomping around stage and throwing my arms around looking like a complete fool. I adore sensitive/artistic dancing and I dislike dancing that is just stomping around the floor without any sensitivity. But, even more than that, I know I have a long way to go physically to be ready for it. It’s easy to ignore the obvious, but I’m sure you can see from my pics that I’m not a fit dancer. I want this to be my summer — my summer to make big strides. And I’m just nervous about it all.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
― Eric Roth