We didn’t win. We didn’t even place. But we got mad reviews from other dancers and great feedback from the judges.
But let’s rewind.
One of our teachers came to us with a project last November: A Short Showcase Competition.
We have several competitions during the year but they are mostly in the Jack & Jill format (you sign up alone and are assigned a random partner) or the Jitterbug format where you sign with partner but do improvised dancing. We thought a short Showcase competition was a great idea and went along with it. The date was set for January 19 and the number of entries was limited to ten couples.
Apparently, there was a void in Ottawa for showcase competitions (where you sign up with a partner and perform a choreographed routine) because as soon as we opened registrations, it got sold out in a matter of hours.
This were the Contest Rules:
- Entries are two people
- Any style of [swing] dance is welcome.
- Original choreography is encouraged.
- Music must be between 30-60 seconds in length.
My daughter suggested I did a Blues choreography with Stefan, one of our up and coming students. It’ll be a lot of fun, she said. I’ll help you with it, she said. So we registered.
Then Christmas came, I got very sick and my daughter went to Colombia.
That’s when I panicked. It was January 2nd and I didn’t have a song, I didn’t have a choreography and I didn’t have a daughter to help with.