I am listening to random music and Ani DiFranco just came on. One of my favorite lyrics ever:
Tell me who’s your boogie man
and that’s who I will be
You don’t have to like me for who I am
But we’ll see what you’re made of by what you make of me.
Today was my dance studio’s showcase. I was performing my I’m Beautiful Damn It showcase Westcoast with my pro. I really wanted the crowd to respond. My goal for this show was to be mistaken for a pro (as opposed to a student, which I am). It went extremely well. People were really connected to it and we got a standing ovation (although not from my former dance partner – so petty, so sad 😦 According to several people it was the second biggest audience response of the show (the first were the World Salsa Champions and deservedly so).
Tons of people congratulated me and one woman asked if she could take private lessons with me. When I told her that I was only a student she gave me her card and asked me to call her as soon as I started teaching lessons. Several people thought I was in the wrong act (I danced in Act 2 and the pros were in Act 3) I really did everything that I wanted to do this year – this was the last bit. I felt like a professional from the way my coach treated me to the way I danced to the way people responded and the comments that they made. I am by no means a pro and i have a loooooooooooooooooong way to go but I have now definitely turned a corner and I’m not going to turn back. I can’t wait to get back in the studio!