Yesterday I had the honour of competing in Pole and Aerial Divas Caroline Springs first ever Aerial Addiction. Aerial Divas has only been open at Caroline Springs for seven months and most of the competitors only started in January this year (although some had been hooping at other studios prior).
The show opened with an incredible performance by instructor Amelia, then I was the first student performer to walk out onto the stage. I actually can't complain about this, as it meant everything I did was new for the audience, they were all fresh in their seats, excited and I got lots of cheers and claps. I was also lucky enough to meet one of my hoop idols @rachokun, who had come to from Aerial Divas Richmond to see the Caroline Springs Divas compete. Also in the audience were my parents and my coach Risako, without whose ideas and support my Aerial Addiction routine would have never been born, was judging. A few friend who couldn't make the show were also watching the live stream at home on Facebook.
I won't go into great detail about my routine; I didn't win, but Wildcards for Airbourne (Aerial Unleashed) will be announced next Monday, so I do still have a chance of going to the big competition and, if I'm lucky enough to grace that stage, I don't want to give anything away. Also, I have got the professional photos from yesterday yet (although I got some great screengrabs for a video a friend took), but when I do I will certainly post those, along with the professional video.
What I will tell you is that I danced to a gospel song sung by Carrie Underwood and went all out with my costume, dressing up as a sparkly angel complete with wings and a flower halo. I have to give a massive shout-out to Alicia from Alicia Joan Designs who created my halo, and who also bedazzled my costume and added flowers and sparkles to my wings. My hair and make-up for the day was done by the fabulous Yeliz, who not only made me look incredible, but also stuck that crown hard on my head and, even when I accidentally banged into the hoop and hung upside down, it didn't come off.
Thank you Divas for making my first Aerial Addiction so special and congratulations to the winners! Best of luck to all others waiting for Wildcard announcements for Airbourne.
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.