The Ballroom Day
Day 2 for me- Ballroom. Another 7am start, this one feels a little harder. Quite reasonable, considering the amount of dancing we did yesterday- something like 60-70 dances. The single dance events were first thing in the morning. Sue made finals again in all of her 20 dances.
The heat list for us was excellent, we had about 6 hours before the multi dance events. We hit the coffee shop for breakfast, then back to bed to catch up on much-needed sleep.
The multi dance events ( Championship and Scholarship ) went smoothly. Sue danced an incredible final and I was very satisfied. Second place for her this time. Moving closer and closer to the gold!
One of the things I love about ballroom dance competitions is traveling. We always end up in different cities, and its an excellent opportunity, when we have time, to go out of the hotel and explore the city.
I've been to New York before, but visiting Times Square never fails to amaze. We walked around and grabbed some fantastic Lebanese food at Balade Your Way next to the Library.
Time to go back to the hotel and enjoy some ballroom dance spectacle. One of the things that shape New York Dance Festival beautifully is that Amateur and Professional events are big and very competitive, making them a real treat for everyone to watch and get inspired.
In the Professional Latin, my friends Rangel and Veronika from Image Ballroom Dance in Dallas and Ina and Troels cooked quite a storm on the dance floor.
The Cabaret events were huge- about 15-16 numbers, and all of them were fascinating, the judges were in real trouble. I was stunned, I've never seen so many Cabaret numbers at one competition.
BIG NEWS- Max and Tatiana, one of the most energetic representatives of the American Smooth, surprisingly announced their retirement from competitive dancing. A special couple that brought such passion, mystery, and sophistication to the table- true craftsmen. They will be forever missed on the floor.
The Latin Day
Naturally, I expected this to be the most attended day since the organizers Eugene and Maria are one of the most sought out Latin- American coaches today. The ballroom was full from 7am until 9pm. The day session flowed seamlessly into the evening session without any break for the judges, scrutineers and on deck captains.
And so we began at 7am. My hips were not ready, but I was! The first cha-cha tunes infused my blood with energy, and off we go. My student danced all her heats flawlessly, and before we realized our first part of the day (the single dance) was over. We debriefed what we want to improve later on for the multi dances, got some breakfast and the same drill as yesterday- nap, hair and make up fixes, and dance time.
Sue did so well! I was proud of her. She danced strongly, even though the day was really long for us. She kept it together and delivered an excellent performance in the final, making it difficult for the judges. She finished 2nd but won the Rumba and was only one mark away from being first. A close call.
Wrapping it up!
Feelings of gratitude and inspiration are flooding my mind when I am recalling the NYDF experience. Eugene and Maria did such a fantastic job at their 5th New York Dance Festival.
Not only did they grow the competition immensely, but they made it a hub for all dancers seeking inspiration and in-depth knowledge of ballroom dance. Bringing fascinating teachers from abroad makes the camp worth every second. Teachers like William Pino, Slavik, Hans Galke, and Graham Oswick don't come to the states often, to have the opportunity to learn from them was humbling.
Thank you, Eugene and Maria. Already cannot wait for next year.
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