The problem with SHOWCASE is that, in the lead-up, everything is RUSH RUSH RUSH and it always feels like you're never gong to be ready.
Then you wait... and wait... and wait to get up on stage, biting your nails and making last minute alternations to your costume and make-up...
And then, two and a half minutes later, it's over.
Sometimes it feels almost anti-climatic, to be honest.
I got smart this year and restricted myself to do dances. I did five in 2018 and it was just too much: I was stressed, sore, exhausted, and didn't enjoy any of them. Two was a good number, although I am thinking of doing three in 2020, but let's see how I go. Certainly, I will never, ever again do five dances (until the day I become an instructor and get to dance with my students #tenyeargoals) and it was nice this year being able to put my energies into just two dances, rather than spreading myself so thin.
However, SHOWCASE this year was not without it's bumps and I very nearly pulled out of my hoop dance just two days before the show. I had some issues with this dance and really, really, REALLY didn't like (and still don't like) the song, and the dance really did nothing for me either, it just wasn't my style of movement. I'd been looking forward to doing a bit of a sexier hoop number to Justin Timberlake's 'Sexy Back', but a change of classes in Week 3 due to a booking mix-up saw me having to learn the new dance. I've rehashed my feelings over this so many times, but I just did not want to do this dance and would probably have pulled out of it were it not for the support and encouragement of my friend, mentor, instructor and PADCS studio owner, who helped me get some perspective on my negativity towards this dance. It also helped that I'd already sorted out my costume (which I actually loved, it was my favourite costume of the night and of any Showcase to date) and I knew that Emily from EMC Photography would be there and I love seeing the images she captures during SHOWCASE. She has never taken a photo of me performing that I haven't loved, and I really wanted some shots of me, in the hoop, in my amazing costume.
And the photos I got were absolutely sensational!
Furthermore, to be surprise, I actually really enjoyed the dance when I was up on stage. I still hated the song (so pleased that I never, ever have to listen to that song again!) but I found I could move well and enjoyed the thrill of the performance enough to be able to dance to the counts and not listen to the music.
All above photos by EMC Photography.
I was also quite lucky with my hoop show, because my father was sitting right up the front and in the centre, so he got a great video for me, from which I was able to grab some fantastic screenshots.
All above images are my own.
After hoop I had an almost two hour break, before I had to come back for my pole performance: SHOWTIME. I have done SHOWTIME every year since I started dancing at PADCS (back when it was just PDCS), but this year was my favourite. SHOWTIME is the finale of the show, a group performance done to a theme, fully choreographed and learned over roughly six weeks. This year the theme was Musicals, and we did our dance (very aptly) to THE GREATEST SHOW my The Greatest Showman. My father took a video of this routine too, but he wasn't in as good-a-possy as he got last time, so I had to wait for professional photos to come out but, once again, Emily didn't disappoint and they look amazing.
All photos above taken by EMC Photography.
This year's SHOWCASE also come with a surprise for me: I won the Dedicated Diva award for 100% attendance, and there is a free pair of shoes coming my way in 2020.
So, another SHOWCASE has wrapped for the year and PADCS is currently closed for summer, with classes starting again in mid-Jan. Next year I will be continuing for Intermediate Lyra and returning to Intermediate Static Pole after a two-term break to deal with a training plateau. Hopefully next year I'll remember to blog here a little more than I have this year (opps) but remember you can always keep up with me on Facebook or Instagram. No matter how quiet I am out here, social media is always running.
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.