Unchained Benefit Performance (pre)

December 5, 2016

Now that marching season is over, I am really happy that I have time to be a part of Dancing For Cause again. I am excited to grow as a dancer and performer. I went to my first meeting of the new school year in November, and I committed to performing for the Unchained Event, despite knowing that I am behind the rest of the members and will have to catch up. I am nervous about learning everything in such a short amount of time, but the officers reassured I will be fine.

We learned a new piece called “Who That Be” and the president required us to audition the piece to determine the placements. Below, I have recorded myself practicing for the audition. The president did not place me as lead, but she told me that I did really well and that she chose other people because she wants newer dancers to feel more confident and for them to experience growth.

I am looking forward to performing at this Unchained Benefit performance on December 8. The practices will be long and tiring, but I love performing, and I believe it will be worth it. The performance raises awareness and raises funds for refugees trying to escape North Korea. I will post an update later, hopefully with a video of our performance!

 

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Alliance Auditions

May 27, 2016

Alliance is a performance team that is composed of students from multiple schools Dancing For Cause clubs. This team’s purpose is to unite people from different schools and to encourage growth in these young dancers. Many of my friends from Plano East and Plano West were on this team, and I was an audience member when they performed at World of Dance Dallas. I was moved to tears by their performance that was centered around suicide. In May, they were holding auditions for new members, and I could not wait to be a part of this team along with my friends. However, I had to make it past auditions.

Auditions were gruesome. We learned a very technical and difficult piece in three hours, and then auditionees were expected to perform it in front of the directors. I loved the dance itself, but trying to remember all of the pieces after learning the moves very recently and very quickly challenged my abilities. I felt anxious and very nervous as auditions began. I ran through the choreography constantly. As I stepped into the room, I decided that I was just going to have fun, and to keep going no matter what happens. After auditioning, I felt alright about my performance because everyone felt they did badly.

After I found out that I made the team, I was ecstatic! I was relieved and a bit upset when the directors said the auditions were supposed to be challenging and intentionally designed to make you want to give up. I can not wait to learn and grow along with my friends.cas-2

1st meeting

3/28/2016

 

This may not be great proof, but today I went to my first Dancing For Cause meeting, and this is the only proof I have. I had a lot of doubts about joining this club. I have several friends in this organization from Plano West and some of my good friends (including the girl who posted this video) are DFC officers at Plano East; their involvement both encouraged and discouraged me from wanting to join. I saw the great time commitment this involves, and I’m not sure if I can balance this with band. In addition, since my best friend was an officer, I figured DFC was her thing, and I didn’t want to “steal her thing.” However, I really wanted to join because it seemed like so much fun, and the DFC group forms such a tight family bond. Also, my friends were often busy at certain dance events, and couldn’t hang out with me. I figured joining the club would allow me to hang out with them while also growing through dance. It would help me in colorguard because it would strengthen my dancing skills and ability to learn combinations of moves quickly.

After a lengthy discussion with one of my friends who is an officer, he reassured me that the purpose of the club is for every individual to improve his or her own dance skills. It isn’t about judgement, and the club tries to make everyone feel included no matter what skill level you are at. After going to the meeting, I can say that he was right. I felt welcome, and I’m excited to continue to participate. Although this video shows that I have no idea what I’m doing, everyone told me not to worry since it was my first time. When the camera wasn’t recording and when I was watching and learning the choreography, I felt like another person. It was almost like hip hop dancing brings out a more confident character inside of me. I’m interested to see this character develop, and I hope to be put in performances coming up later this year!