From Group Classes and Private Lessons to……a Competition?

It’s been 8 months since my return to ballroom and latin dancing at Jones Dance Ballroom Studios.  I’ve been taking group classes and private lessons and loving every moment that I get to dance.   I never once imagined (dreamed, yes), but never once did I realistically think that I would be dancing this much this soon.  If you told me a year ago that I would be ballroom dancing again like I am now, I would have laughed and said, yeah, right!

The reality of me dancing still hasn’t set in yet.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in a dream and I don’t want to wake up, afraid that this will all go away. Silly, I know, but the thought of it scares me to death.

Speaking of being scared to death, the thought of competing again is petrifying, yet exciting at the same time!  I went as a spectator to Hotlanta Dance Challenge in October and I was blown away by the Pro/Am division.  With most of the couples, I couldn’t tell who was the pro and who was the amateur.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the dancers and at the same time I was imagining what it would be like if I was on that dance floor.

My instructor, Waylon Jones, and I have been working towards dancing Pro/Am at an upcoming competition.  As excited as I am, I’m wondering if I’m really ready.  Like I said, it’s been 8 months since my return.  That seems like plenty of time to improve my dancing skills, but it’s not enough. I know the basics of just about all the ballroom and latin dances, but I don’t have the technique down.  I also need to be able to do the choreography in my sleep, but I’m really having to work at remembering the routines of each dance.  I feel like if I competed tomorrow, it would be a joke.  I guess it’s a good thing that my instructor has faith in me….at least I’d like to think he does :P

When it comes down to it, I’m grateful to be working towards competing again.  I know my dancing isn’t even close to being perfect, but I’m willing to work towards it no matter what it takes.  I love ballroom and latin dancing and I would love the opportunity to show off all my hard work.  In the end, I just want to dance. It’s my healthy, little addiction :)

One Response to “From Group Classes and Private Lessons to……a Competition?”

  1. TC 19. Dec, 2010 at 2:18 am #

    Do you have the technique down? No. You never will. No one ever does. It’s a journey of continual improvement without end.

    Are you ready? Really ready? Yes!!! As clearly evidenced by your two lovely videos.

    So go on! Have fun! Kick some tail! And do bring back some more video!

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