Let’s Get Ready to Rumba!

Jones Dance Ballroom Studios had another studio party earlier this month.  As always, there were going to be some teacher/student demonstrations and I was thrilled and honored when asked to dance the rumba for the party.  I think by now it’s obvious that rumba is my favorite dance and I really enjoy showing it off wherever possible.  I was really excited to perform as this would be my first time dancing for an audience since my competition at the Atlanta Open Dancesport Spectacular this past May.

I spent the last 6 private lessons working on my rumba routine and focusing on the performance aspect of it (after watching my competition videos from Atlanta Open and cringing, I’ve set a goal to improve my performance as the first priority).  I was anxious to see if and by how much I’ve improved since May.

The night of the party arrived and so did my turn to dance.   As excited as I was to perform, I was shaking like a chihuahua and my heart felt like it was going to come out of my chest.  You’d think by now I would be able to control my nerves and feel more at ease!  But somehow I managed to look calm and for the first time felt confident on the dance floor.

Overall, I was pleased with my performance.  As critical as I am with my dancing, I could see an improvement that I had hoped would be there (especially since my last year’s rumba performance).  Sure, I still need a lot of work in many different areas, but I was proud of myself.  I didn’t forget the steps, I didn’t trip and I didn’t pass out from hyperventilation.  I got great feedback and showered with compliments (although I’m still waiting to hear that one compliment that I’ve been longing for, but have yet to hear — but am confident will come when deserved).  It felt absolutely wonderful to dance in front of everyone and I can’t wait until my next performance :)



2 Responses to “Let’s Get Ready to Rumba!”

  1. TC 17. Aug, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    :applauds: Lovely performance! You’ve made so much improvement over the last year!

    I love the part where you and your instructor play to the camera. It’s a nice touch for those of us who didn’t have the good fortune of being able to watch it in person. :)

  2. yana 17. Aug, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    Thank you, TC! It was a lot of fun!

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