"Despite being underdressed, we’re still able to place first."
This would be my third competition with my partner, Glyssa, and another successful one at that. Joining the 2-dance intercollegiate Latin syllabus category, we competed against three other couples who wore flashy outfits, while Glyssa and I were dressed humbly in our practice attire. Nonetheless, we were able to out-technique two couples, while the other one performed an open routine that wasn’t right for the category, so they got a warning and probably a deduction. Lesson learned, we should know our place in the competition, and we should also know our capabilities and limitations.
Other than that, the president of ADSC, Kuya Jan, joined 2-dance standard open category, in which he and his partner placed fourth. It was an amazing feat because he actually competed against dance instructors who had far more experience than him. Yes, our president is awesome like that.
Even though we ended up as victors in our chosen category, the competition made me realize that there’s so much more to work on if we want to proceed to an open category, inter-collegiate at least. Posture, arms, technique, countering, those are just few of the many things Glyssa and I have to pay attention to if we want to be better at this. Personally, I still don’t feel like a Latin dancer, and I’m kinda insecure. But I won’t spoil the moment. I’ll just do my best in training, and hopefully, progress will follow.
P.S. Next stop, Cebu? Ambitious, but we’ll see if we’re ready by then. We have until September to work on ourselves. Good luck to us!