Hi everyone! It’s 12:26 a.m. as I am writing this, but I just feel the need to write about ballroom dance. Don’t you ever feel so overcome with emotion inside that you just need to channel all that energy somewhere? I feel exactly like that right now… Anyway.

BALLROOM! So… it looks like I will be competing at the Embassy Ball after all! Most likely… still not 100% certain. In my last post I already delineated the financial burden of competing at this competition, so you may be wondering what caused the change of heart. Well, I watched my very first ballroom dance competition last Saturday and Sunday- International Grand Ball- which was located very conveniently in San Francisco. IGB was SUCH a fun experience. Definitely nothing like a rhythmic gymnastics competition… The overall atmosphere was just so different, much more formal and elegant. In my opinion, the atmosphere of IGB was very relaxed, warm, and friendly. I loved supporting my friends and teachers who competed that weekend. Contrary to what I used to believe, ballroom dance competitions involve lots of cheering and rooting for your favorite couple. My two friends and I made a poster for my favorite ballroom couple, Bumchin and Masha. It was pretty hilarious because we were the only ones there holding up a poster 🙂 Back to the point: going to IGB and watching other kids my age perform made me long to go to Embassy, not as a spectator, but as a competitor. It really motivated me to work harder than I do already, so that I can get on the competition floor as soon as possible. Of course, I don’t want to go to my first competition unprepared. But my coaches have confidence that I will be ready in time for Embassy, which is in one month. Today I learned the last of the four dances I will be competing- jive. Now it’s just polishing and getting the technique down and bringing my routines up to competition level. I have faith that with lots of hard work and practice, I can do it. For the past week I’ve been training at least four hours each day… Of course, I don’t have many expectations for my first ballroom competition. Would it be cool to win? Of course. But really, right now I’m competing for the experience of it.

Okay, it’s now 12:45 a.m. Gotta get some shut-eye for tomorrow’s long day of dancing, college-apps, studying, etc. Oh yeah, I’m taking my first acting class with my two friends (same friends who made the poster) on Wednesday! Will keep you posted on how that goes 🙂

Good night my lovely readers!

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