Words can’t quite describe my feelings when we won our first ever open dancesport competition, Ola Bayle 8 of UST. In all honesty, competing against 10 other couples from dancesport teams of different universities, got a little intimidated.
While they were packing flashy routines complete with highlights, my partner, Glyssa, and I have humble ones constructed out of developed basic figures. We didn’t want to risk anything as the number of highlights we can pull off is limited due to our size difference, and the purpose of our routines was to show off and emphasize our technique on which we excel due to the scrutiny and training we had under our coach, Ma’am Belinda Adora, who is known for her specialty in Latin technique. Apparently, it was effective! I can’t be grateful enough that Ma’am Adora is our coach.
We were able to bag the gold as we out-techniqued the other couples. One lady in the event said she already knew we were going to win in the first place as she saw us dancing. It was really a confidence booster for us, which is much needed due to the fact that we will have another competition tomorrow, and a much bigger one at that.
I’m tired, but still ecstatic as I write this. Tomorrow is another day with another competition, and I’m really hopeful, especially because we have four couples from the Ateneo Dance Sport Club who will be competing. I take pride in that, calling ourselves “Team ADSC”.
P.S.This is the first competition in which I felt the sportsmanship between competitors! They were really friendly and they invited us to their group photos which was really nice of them. I only got a handful of their names, but I’m glad that I made new friends in the dancesport industry.