My daughter has been a ballroom dancer for seven years. SEVEN. It’s hard to believe that she has been dancing that long, and it is easy to see how much she has grown since her first Rumba routine to Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now.” That first rumba was very basic. I watch videos of her technique and postures now and am amazed at how her dance has evolved.
During these years, we have seen people come and go as students in her studio. We have watched as average dancers have become great, students have become instructors, and amazing dancers have become professional competitors. All the while, my daughter has blossomed in the sport from a shy seven year old to an accomplished teenaged dancer who loves the artful sport she has grown up around.
This month marked my daughter’s first big competition. She participated in Superama, Arthur Murray’s biggest international event of the year in Las Vegas. We went with zero expectations, no idea how it all would work. Only with the idea that she would have fun and learn something about the competition side of dance, and did she ever.
One great thing about ballroom and my child is she is not forced into it. I did not introduce her the sport, she found it herslef. Every step of her evolution of dancing has been directed by her, including this next step, competing. She firmly decided to go forward with Superama after backing out of a comp in March. At the last minute, she panicked and said, “I just am not ready.” That was that. I waited for her to feel ready, and she was ready for Vegas this October.
Superama’s setting was The Wynn Resort off the Vegas Strip. Next year, I hear it will be hosted at the Bellagio. This year, we enjoyed our first and last Superama at the beautiful Wynn and all of its wonders.
And tasty treats.
We laughed, because the patio closed for “inclement weather. ” It was sprinkling.
The pools were beautiful. My boyfriend was my company while my daughter hung out in the ballroom, watched professional dance shows, and ate with her dance family. I didn’t want to crash her party. We intermittantly went to the ballroom for her heats, which she danced 43. Yes, over the course of four days, she danced fourty-three heats.
Winning these prizes did wonders for her confidence, and validated her decision to compete this year.
What a great trip!