Sometimes I am a little embarrassed by the repetitiveness (and, I fear, dullness) of some of my posts. In reading offerings by other bloggers, their literary lives seem so much more interesting. My blog, on the other hand, offers a steady diet of kids and dancing, followed by more dancing, more kids, more dancing, and still more kids and dancing. I acknowledge that there are many more things going on in the world. I’ve learned though that sometimes the things I feel very strongly about are hard to discuss, even at the keyboard. I’ll try to throw in some variety, but if you tire of reading about my love of ballroom dancing, don’t bother reading the rest of this post.
I feel a lot of empathy for the competitors on “Dancing With the Stars” who are not professional performers. So for that reason, although it’s early in the season, I like Bristol Palin. I relate to what the show touted as her shyness and reluctance to get out there and perform. I liked others, too, and I think Season 11 is going to be very interesting.
Match Comp was this past Saturday, and I had 31 entries. The dance I was most worried about was the Samba. P and I had the heat to ourselves; while I was nervous, I was determined to have some fun. If everyone was going to be watching just P and me, then let’s give them something fun to watch. The result? A 95! The rest of my scores bounced between 90.5 and 94.5. I have to say again, I have had great teachers, especially my current teacher, J.
In other news, I have to give some credit elsewhere that I think it is due and do a sort of commercial for The Hypnosis Network. When I get stage fright, I shake. I’ve always done this; it was awful when I was doing piano recitals. Using dancing as an example, it often doesn’t start to happen until I’m out on the floor in hold with my partner. I would imagine that it is perhaps as disconcerting to my partner as it is to me. J and I joked over the summer after my disastrous rumba that I needed a Valium — not the whole pill, maybe just a lick or two! Perhaps I could keep using the same one over and over, wiping it off and storing it in a baggie in between performances…
Knowing that I would have to get past this for the fall performances, I ordered the “Overcoming Performance Anxiety” CD from the Hypnosis Network. I figured it couldn’t hurt, and might actually help. I had been listening to it in the evenings for several weeks. The verdict after Match Comp? No shaking! Not one bit! J even commented on the lack of vibration. So, perhaps it worked, and I’ll keep using it through October to prepare for Showcase. That is scarier to me; one chance to get it right, compared to multiple heats for competitions.
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