Competition begins in Kindergarten: Where you compete in jump rope, remember double dutch?
Relay races, finger painting pictures for the teachers to tack to the bulletin boards.
In third grade you compete in spelling bees, in high school you compete in basketball, baseball and tennis, etc., etc., etc. Compete in art, compete in music, compete in academics. Our grandson majored in engineering and pulled a 3.8 GPA through college. He was honored at graduation. Now that’s a competition that really paid off, got a fab job before he even graduated.
Another competition! Haven’t I had enough competitions in my life? What possessed me to even think about a competition? My ballroom dance instructors, Monika and Henry, that’s who.
I managed to say no for over a year. As you can see I relented. Alas, this crazy world of dance competition costs a small fortune. Fees for everything: Fees at the dance hall, judges fees, fees to watch others dance, and what about professionals doing my hair and makeup, like I don’t know how, really? Special dance shoes for smooth steps; my dress, alterations, I got that one, after a consultation with a seamstress. Thank goodness I know how to sew. Then there’s the hotel and food. It’s like taking a world cruise.
Rolling my eyes, I ask, what will I get from my dance competition?
Not so difficult or sad or bothersome if we make it fun, a learning experience to reach higher heights, better competency. How far do we take anything we do? Pardon the cliché—anything worth doing is worth doing well, or doing poorly until you learn to do it well.
So yes, I have been working towards a ballroom dance competition, but it’s no different from working hard to be a better dancer. Did you know that these dance studios work with a syllabus like they use in academia. Scoring from the judges are between proficiency and advanced. I love learning.
I don’t need to compete. I don’t need a trophy. I don’t need a certificate of accomplishment. I only want to be the best I can be. Am I where I want to be? No, I’m never satisfied. So I am also studying ballet to learn how to create a body structure that will enhance my performance in ballroom dancing. I am exercising to limber up my joints. Health improves. My ballet teacher is actually a trainer. I will keep dancing no matter the outcome of the competition. I especially enjoy dancing in the clothes specifically designed for this purpose. Do you love dressing up?
News: To bring you up to date about my novel, some good news: On Amazon, October 29, 2016, I am happy to report my book, Indigo Sky, made #16 in the top 100 category free Historic Fiction.