Plans change, Goals Don’t

I know it has been a long time since my last post. I am having trouble with the direction for this blog. My intent was to let you follow our dance journey while making you laugh. I have learned that I am not that funny. Either that or I cannot tell stories in a funny way. First, let me recap what has been happening since the start of the year.

The plan at the beginning of the year was to perform in the showcase in March. Our first competition was going to be in June. But that all changed, in February a studio in Atlanta, GA hosts a match competition between their studio and ours. Joyce and I were asked to compete in it, and we happily responded yes. Unfortunately, this meant that we would have to miss the June competition as our dance fund wouldn’t support going to both. Both Joyce and I danced well, and we had a great time.

Then came the showcase in March which is fun to be part of something big. There were over 60 people involved in the show this year, and it is exciting and an honor to be a part of it. Joyce danced a serious Tango to Phantom of the Opera. I did a lighter number, dancing the Cha Cha to Weird Science.

What are we up to now? We are practicing and training like we are still going to compete in June, ensuring that we do not slack off. Most of our lessons focus on technique. Our stretch for this year is to do an amateur solo competition this July. Joyce and I do compete as an amateur couple. However, we have never entered a solo competition before. The song that we picked is “Catch a Falling Star, ” and the routine has both Foxtrot and Rumba steps in it.  We both feel that this will help build our dance confidence and are looking forward to it.

On Tuesdays, we take a technique class, and this past Tuesday the dance styles we worked on was the Bolero and Mambo. Joyce and I do not know them, so it was a difficult class.  Val teaches it, and since he works with us, he knows our limitations. As he addresses the class, he looks toward Joyce and I and says we are going to compete in these styles. I ask, “Who is this we you speak of?” He responses the four of us, meaning Joyce, myself, Megan and him. Joyce and I had the look of a deer in headlights. Val goes “just say yes Val.” Being the good students that were are, we responded yes Val. Naturally, we will not be ready to compete this year in them, but we will next year. That will be our stretch for next year, two new dance styles. All this time I keep thinking to myself that there is still so much I need to learn about the six dances we already know. But I like the fact that Val and Megan not only push us to be better and try new things, but that they have the confidence in us that we can learn new things.

Until next time, keep dancing.


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