Rumba – The Gift of Dance

My parents celebrated their 50th and 60th birthdays this year with a huge party.  I thought that the perfect gift for them was for me to perform a ballroom or latin show dance at their party.  I mentioned this to my mom and she thought it was a great idea! It was then decided that the Rumba would be my little gift of dance.  Unfortunately, during the time I was suppose to be learning a new routine and practicing,  I managed to injure my back and ended up taking a whole month off from dancing.  My mom was so concerned about my injury that she wanted to cancel the performance all together.  I had to convince her with my every being that canceling was not an option :)

When I was finally feeling better (notice how I said “feeling better”, not “healed”) to return to ballroom and latin dancing, I only had 2 weeks (really about 2 or 3 lessons) to learn the Rumba routine and make it look good with limited range of motion and a constant pain in my back.  No pressure, right?  I sucked it up through my lessons and put my body back together at home.  My 2 weeks consisted of lots of  dancing, stretching, icing, and anti-inflammatory meds (which I totally do not like taking and it took several people to convince me that it would actually help me a little).  Finally, the night of my parents’ party had arrived.

My dad had no clue that I would be performing, so I had to be sneaky about it.  My pro instructor (acting dance partner), Waylon Jones, arrived a little early so we could run through the routine.  The run-through went great, but minutes before the performance I was really nerves and it took my husband, Travis, and my instructor to calm me down.

I was led on to the small dance floor and to my surprise, I actually started to feel confident!  I was pretty calm and I didn’t look  like a deer in headlights :)   We performed our Rumba and the audience loved it.  My dad came up to me after and told me how amazing he thought we were and how much he appreciated my little gift of dance.  The sincerity in my dad’s eyes was priceless and I was touched by how much my Rumba performance meant to him.  To hear that coming from my dad was worth everything I went through :)

Here’s a little video of my performance, “Rumba – The Gift of Dance”

6 Responses to “Rumba – The Gift of Dance”

  1. Bagrat 28. Sep, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    Very nice Yana. Great job. You are doing awesome. Couple pointers if you don’t mind… Spot on your turns, move hips little more, and sharper movement.
    Your poses look great though.

  2. Bagrat 28. Sep, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    BTW, please say hi and Congrats to your parents for me.

  3. yana 28. Sep, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Hey Bagrat,

    Thank you for the compliments and the pointers. I’ll be sure to work on those :)

  4. TC 29. Sep, 2010 at 2:44 am #

    Wow! That was pretty awesome! I would *never* have guessed that you were in recovery and had had fewer than a handful of lessons. What a thoughtful gift, too!

  5. yana 29. Sep, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    Thank you, TC! I really appreciate it!


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