Elated

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.

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Proud Mama

Oh, and by the way, my kickass daughter made it to the finals of the Jack and Jill All Star Division. THE ALL STAR DIVISION.

In case my all caps didn’t make it obvious enough, it is kind of a BIG DEAL!

To give you an idea, these are the Jack & Jill divisions:

  1. Open (where I competed)
  2. Advanced
  3. All Star
  4. Invitational

If any of you is interested, you can see her dancing in real time cause they are live-streaming the finals at 5:45 ET.

Live Stream

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There she is, while we wait for our lunch