Yesterday, I competed in my first ballroom competition of 2020 (my second competition ever).
It was fun. I placed first in my division for smooth multi-dance challenge (Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot) and second for rhythm (Cha Cha/Rumba/Swing).
Yet, that is not the most important part to me (though I am proud to bring those medals home for my studio – Salón de Baile!).
***I am going to take a sidestep here and say overall my proudest moment is of our Teen and Kid competition teams placing first, second and third in so many dances! I am honored to be a mentor to our teen girls and help them develop life skills in our studio programs that will help them in all aspects of their lives one day.***
The best personal part in this competition is how much fun it was.
I felt that my partner and I had a great connection, I performed well, and there was no pressure on me.
Performance-wise, it was probably my “happiest-looking” public performance yet (one knows these things when the compliment is “good job smiling!” when you walk off the floor. LOL.)
How did this happen?
I worked hard to get to this point; it doesn’t just happen. Hours of lessons and coaching, hours of practice in the studio, hours of studying patterns, technique, and history, hours of practice at home (and maybe down aisles at the grocery store)….and then working with my pro partner to put all these things together.
And here I am today looking forward to Monday when my partner and I are going to start reworking our 2020 goals and start working toward more progress and improvement.
I am not in competition with anyone other than myself. My only consistent goal is to be better than I was before. I am willing to work to get there.
I see what I have done in a year, even in six months, and say “Let’s see how far I can really go.”
I keep going forward. There is no age limit to your abilities.
The only limits are what you tell yourself you can’t do.
And if someone else tells you that you cannot do something, I hope you tell yourself what I tell myself, “Just wait…I will show you.” And then just work to do it.
You should be proud of what you accomplish. You work hard to be you. And if it is a bad day in there, it’s ok. Tomorrow can be excellent.
Have a great week and Keep Dancing Forward!