Malapit na mag one year.( It’s been almost a year.)
I started out fat and unsure, not knowing what would happen.
Dancing had once been a big part of my life, but it wasn’t anymore. A lot of things had happened and I was different. I was not even sure how I felt about dancing.
The journey back began as exercise, wanting to lose weight. It was street dance, something I knew I didn’t like growing up. I wasn’t cool and I didn’t have swag. I used to make my sister change the song if she was listening to Nelly ,etc.. That was that….so basically, I didn’t expect much from doing it.
The more I did it though, the love that I once had for ballet gradually came back, even if I was dancing something unfamiliar, awkward, and totally outside my comfort zone.
I started challenging myself to execute the choreography properly, to memorize quickly, and to push myself to go out of my comfort zone.
Of course, there were the classmates who encouraged me; the teachers who took pains to teach me the steps; and the awesome pieces that made me want to be better just so I could execute them right.
You might be wondering why I chose to learn street dance if I hated it so much growing up. The answer is also a mystery to me. One thing is certain though, I am happy I did it.
While not all us of are meant to be professional dancers, I believe that dancing is for everyone. The reason for it coming to our lives may vary—it may be a form of exercise, a creative outlet, an escape, or it may also be a chosen career. No matter what the reason is though, dance has a trigger that enables us to be better and do better.
I know that I am far from being the perfect dancer. Dance, on the other hand, has been the perfect savior. It has saved me for more times than I can count as child and eventually, as a teenager. It still does up to now. For that, I will be forever grateful that I learned how to dance.
My dance journey in videos:
- In this video ( I think it was my third class), it looked like I didn’t now if I was dancing ballet, contemporary, or urban. I was so lost. I had to start somewhere though.
Teacher: GJ Romano
2. 1st video shows that I basically didn’t move. hehehehe.
Teacher: Ritz of Gforce
Progress. Last July 16, I started dancing after 7 years. A month after, I decided to take a class under teacher ritz. I practically wasn't able to dance the entire class. Umikot mundo ko. (anyare??!!) Super fail.* I'm the one in grey three fourths btw.* Yesterday, I took one of his last classes for the year. I'm happy that, alteast, I improved enough to able to enjoy his amazing choreo. That's the thing about dance, there are no shortcuts, but once you do improve, sticking with it is worth it. Thanks for an amazing half a year gforce. Swipe to see December video. #dance #choreography #improvement #progress #jazzfunk #contemporary
3….and the cringe-worthy classes continued.
Stylettos Company Class
4 months after
4. I could follow the steps at times, but that was it, I just followed it.
Looking back, it looked like I was marking. The other dancers, on the other hand, were killing it.
Yikes, sorry Adam Alonzo (choreographer).
Teacher: Adam Alonzo
6 months after:
5. I wrote a semi-long post on Facebook celebrating progress. I was so happy I did a semi-okay job on contemporary choreography. Here is the video
Teacher: Ritz of G-force
6. For the first time ever, a teacher also asked me to repeat the choreography in class. This usually means that you did a good job.
Almost a year after
I could kind of execute Urban:
Teacher: GJ Romano
🎶Man of the Year by Leroy Sanchez. Choreo by GJ Romano For the first time ever, even to a small extent, I did a "sorta" okay execution to urban choreo. Thanks gjromano and juboynealega for always reminding us that more than learning the choreo, every class is a chance to learn, discover, and practice something in dancing. This time, I told myself to let go of any anxiety or expectation, specifically regarding urban choreo, and just be in the moment. Loved the experience! Shoutout to chickencars and jhajhaaa who are killing it here. Carly, thanks for always encourgaging me! #urban #choreography #danceclass #dance
I could improvise choreography with a partner
Almost didn't make it to class because I was coming for Batangas. I caught the last 45 minutes and it was well worth it! Oh my gosh! I was so scared to do this but I am so happy I decided to overcome my fears and just do it. Freestyle with a partner. Sorry, I don't know your name but I'm really grateful for this. Thanks coach Joey Nealaga. Your classes are magic. 🎶Jeepney by Sponge Cola.@sponge_cola #dance #contemporary #urban #ubrancontemporary #freestyle #spongecola #opm #pinoy #philippines #pinoyrock
I would kind of do a grand jette’ again (though it needs so much work)
I finished a Dance Summer Workshop (by Ef Studios)
and the journey goes on…I still have so many things to learn and to work on.
“I know that I am far from being the perfect dancer. Dance, on the other hand, has been the perfect savior. It saved me for more times than I can count as child and teenager. It still does up to now. For that, I will be forever grateful that I learned how to dance.”