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The Calm After the Storm – Post-Showcase Repose

As many of you know, we hosted our annual winter showcase last weekend with stellar performances by staff and students alike. There was eating, drinking, dancing, cheering and overall a wonderful and rewarding atmosphere created by over one hundred friends and family-members. All in all, it was awesome.

If you have ever performed on stage (or in our case, on floor) – whether in ballet, ballroom, theatre, or anything else – I am sure you are familiar with the pre-show rush. You know, the week before the big night, during which you scramble around doing all the prep work that you promised yourself you wouldn’t wait until the last minute to do and then promptly waited until the last minute to do. Costume alterations, last-minute choreography changes, hair, nails, shoes, and the list goes on! Yeah, showcase week gets a little hectic.

Of course, that’s nothing compared with showcase night. That’s when the real magic happens. On the floor, all is calm. The audience is enchanted with beautiful costumes, brilliant choreography (if I do say so myself), and the grace and poise of practiced dancers. But back in the dressing room, chaos. It is a whirlwind of people ranging from fully dressed to all but naked. Shoes are thrown, feathers fly, santa hats are tossed – there is no telling what you will see. It’s a six-hour emotional roller coaster of joy and frustration, laughter and tears.

And it is so worth it.

When the lights dim after the last performance is done, the emotional whirlpool fades leaving one thing – an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. No matter what happened – wardrobe malfunctions, music mishaps, choreography mistakes – you did it. You got up in front of an audience and shared your joy, fear, and excitement. People cheered for you and laughed with you, and now you’re done. You can relax, have a drink, take a load off. Enjoy a week of sweet repose after a job well done.

So to all of our dancers who performed on Saturday: Congratulations! Take some time to yourself and enjoy some time with friends and loved ones. You have more than earned it!

Johanna Collier
Dance Instructor
Courtney Black’s Ballroom Dance Baton Rouge

Posted December 18th, 2014 in All About BDBR.