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We had to dance thirteen times over five rounds for this one, but it was worth it. Geraldine Darvin’s Dance Challenge is the biggest and the most glamorous competition I have joined so far. And the most intense! Everyone was amazing, so Glyssa and I figured we had to step up our game.
We danced like we never danced before, giving almost every routine a perfect run. Our hard work paid off, and we managed to place second in Pre-Novice Latin 2-Dance, 4th in Youth Latin 3-Dance, and 5th in Intercollegiate Latin 3-Dance. We may have not bagged the gold like we did yesterday, but I have never felt more fulfilled as a dancer.
My eyes are now fixed on the 5th Ateneo Open Dance Sport Championship on March 1. That will be our final competition for the school year, making it a total of five competitions for SY 2013-2014. I’m just so excited!
P.S. I’ll go back to reality for now as I have a thesis proposal to work on. But after that, competition mode again! Let’s do this!!

We had to dance thirteen times over five rounds for this one, but it was worth it. Geraldine Darvin’s Dance Challenge is the biggest and the most glamorous competition I have joined so far. And the most intense! Everyone was amazing, so Glyssa and I figured we had to step up our game.

We danced like we never danced before, giving almost every routine a perfect run. Our hard work paid off, and we managed to place second in Pre-Novice Latin 2-Dance, 4th in Youth Latin 3-Dance, and 5th in Intercollegiate Latin 3-Dance. We may have not bagged the gold like we did yesterday, but I have never felt more fulfilled as a dancer.

My eyes are now fixed on the 5th Ateneo Open Dance Sport Championship on March 1. That will be our final competition for the school year, making it a total of five competitions for SY 2013-2014. I’m just so excited!

P.S. I’ll go back to reality for now as I have a thesis proposal to work on. But after that, competition mode again! Let’s do this!!

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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.

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.

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Honestly, 2013 flew by really quick for me that I didn’t have a time to catch my breath. Anyway, here’s my obligatory new year post:
TOP 13 HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013
13. Pictured above, my first ever Latin dance photoshoot by Sarah Reem Hesham!12. First time I got into the dean’s list!11. My Christmas season movie for 2013, Frozen!10. Ecology field trip to Calatagan, Batangas!9. My very own set of Latin costume: shirts, pants, shoes and all!8. My growing Latin dress design portfolio!7. Pizza Hut dinners and HOHOL sessions with my friends!6. Theology 131!5. Performances by the Ateneo Dance Sport Club, from Burlesque to Candyman!4. Finally shifting from BS Health Sciences to BS Life Sciences!3. Dancesport competitions! 4th AODSC, 2nd PDTA Syllabus Medals, Lilian’s Cup, and 2nd UPDDC!2. Ateneo Dance Sport Club training sessions!1. Finally seeing my idols, Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko, in person!
More than half of my highlights are related to dancesport. It just shows how much of a dancing year 2013 has been, and how I just love every moment of dancing. I basically danced 2013 away, and now 2014 arrives. I’m very hopeful that this year will be a great one, with more surprises, and of course, more dancing to come! Who knows? I might be the president of our dancesport club soon.
P.S. Oh, and of course, a new year’s resolution! I shall start saving up again! For what, I don’t know. But it’s nice to know that you have some money stored up when you need it.

Honestly, 2013 flew by really quick for me that I didn’t have a time to catch my breath. Anyway, here’s my obligatory new year post:

TOP 13 HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013

13. Pictured above, my first ever Latin dance photoshoot by Sarah Reem Hesham!
12. 
First time I got into the dean’s list!
11. My Christmas season movie for 2013, Frozen!
10. Ecology field trip to Calatagan, Batangas!
9. My very own set of Latin costume: shirts, pants, shoes and all!
8. My growing Latin dress design portfolio!
7. 
Pizza Hut dinners and HOHOL sessions with my friends!
6. Theology 131!
5. Performances by the Ateneo Dance Sport Club, from Burlesque to Candyman!
4. Finally shifting from BS Health Sciences to BS Life Sciences!
3. Dancesport competitions! 4th AODSC, 2nd PDTA Syllabus Medals, Lilian’s Cup, and 2nd UPDDC!
2. Ateneo Dance Sport Club training sessions!
1. Finally seeing my idols, Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko, in person!

More than half of my highlights are related to dancesport. It just shows how much of a dancing year 2013 has been, and how I just love every moment of dancing. I basically danced 2013 away, and now 2014 arrives. I’m very hopeful that this year will be a great one, with more surprises, and of course, more dancing to come! Who knows? I might be the president of our dancesport club soon.

P.S. Oh, and of course, a new year’s resolution! I shall start saving up again! For what, I don’t know. But it’s nice to know that you have some money stored up when you need it.

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We just had our LGBT Pride Week in Ateneo de Manila University, but I didn’t get to participate that much due to my busy schedule. Bummer, I didn’t even get to join the pride parade last Monday. Oh well, at least I had my picture taken with this fabulous frame with my fabulous rainbow scarf on. Yay for LGBT pride!!!P.S. This was taken before a pride forum, the only activity I got to participate in. Sadly, I had to leave early because I had a class so I didn’t get to hear my crush and his boyfriend talk. Someday, eye-candy, someday.

We just had our LGBT Pride Week in Ateneo de Manila University, but I didn’t get to participate that much due to my busy schedule. Bummer, I didn’t even get to join the pride parade last Monday. Oh well, at least I had my picture taken with this fabulous frame with my fabulous rainbow scarf on. Yay for LGBT pride!!!

P.S. This was taken before a pride forum, the only activity I got to participate in. Sadly, I had to leave early because I had a class so I didn’t get to hear my crush and his boyfriend talk. Someday, eye-candy, someday.

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Because…
1. It’s our semestral break, and I miss dancing so so much.2. Yulia and Riccardo are my idols.3. They’re having a dance concert in the Philippines this November and I don’t think I can watch.
I just love them so much!P.S. I do hope Ma’am Adora would let Lox and me be ushers for the event just so we can watch the world champions do their thing. Crossing fingers!

Because…

1. It’s our semestral break, and I miss dancing so so much.
2. Yulia and Riccardo are my idols.
3. They’re having a dance concert in the Philippines this November and I don’t think I can watch.

I just love them so much!

P.S. I do hope Ma’am Adora would let Lox and me be ushers for the event just so we can watch the world champions do their thing. Crossing fingers!