Confidance Studio traveled to Scottsdale in May. I was part of the entourage and all of us did well! This is my second mainland competition and I wasn’t AS nervous as the first.
It’s so much fun to travel with a group of fun ladies AND Carlos! We stayed at the Kierland Westin Resort & Spa. The lobby was busy with women dressed in so much bling, bright dresses, fake eye-lashes, lots of make-up.. and tanned legs
The top pic of this post is a warm-up shot. We arrived Thursday morning and my first performance was Thursday evening. I bring my leg warmers everywhere, and I’ve kept it on me since the early morning. Flying and staying still on the airplane can stiffen the legs and body. So, it’s always best to be prepared with leg warmers and leg exercises!
I roomed with Teri. She’s one of the nicest people I know! She took these pics (top 2) . These are all warm-up clothes and leggings. I enjoy shopping for warm-up clothes because:
1) They’re not as expensive as the performance dresses;
2)You can mix and match with wild colors and textures and wear them in public and people will say or think, “Oh, she’s a dancer! That’s why she’s dressed like that.”; and
3) They’re comfortable & cute!
And on to the performances…
I liken ballroom dancing to boxing because you need fast feet, you have another body you’re dancing with and you wear robes before you get into the dance/match. Yes, robes. I assume you wear robes to keep your body warm. Sometimes, I think women wear the robes to hide their dresses so that they provide an “shock & awe” factor before they step on the dance floor. I don’t know. My reason for a robe is to keep me warm.
So, I wore a simple black long-sleeve dress with an assymetrical bottom line. Quite short but classy. The dress is featured in one of the older posts here. I haven’t purchased a new dress that I liked. All the dresses I’ve bought/returned and attempted to make were disasters.
I’m wearing a robe (I’m serious about this robe factor in the dancing world) over the dress. I have a mini helmet top for a hair-do with a tight pony tail. I have round diamond earrings and a very fake diamond bangle (lighting provides additional *bling* when you wear sparkly dresses and jewelry).
I danced on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Geoffrey Fells of Dance News of the Pacific blogged about the event and results. Read it right here:
This past weekend Carlos Chang attended People’s Choice Dancesport Competition in Scottsdale AZ with some of his students. I am sure that Carlos is very proud of their accomplishments as follows:Ria Baldevia took 1st place in her Solo routine with 95 points. She picked up eight 1st places and four 2nd places and also won the Closed Bronze and Silver Latin Scholarship in the Ladies “A” division.Charlotte Bugarin took two 1st places andtwo 2nd places as well as 1st place in the Ladies “B” division of the Closed Bronze and Silver Latin Scholarship.Theresa Nakayama came home with nine 1st places, three 2nd places, and two 3rd places.Janet Liu placed 1st in the Ladies “S” Closed Bronze and Silver Latin Scholarship. In the Freestyle she took one 1st place, four 2nd places, eight 3rd places, and three 4th places.Yulia Sharipova dancing the Junior Gold Latin division took five 1st places and she also won the Ladies “A” 5-dance Latin competition.