Firstly, I can’t believe it’s March already! This year is absolutely flying by, but I feel like I’ve achieved so much already in just two months which is a great feeling. However, with it being March, this also means that it is the end of competition season… I can’t believe it! This season has gone so quickly and it’s always sad when it comes to an end because of how many months of hard work that has gone into getting the dances ready. This blog will be all about how our last competition went…
The competition was last weekend and took place at Sheffield University. This meant another super early morning- I got up at 4:30am to start getting my hair and make up done (it was a struggle). The worst bit about it was that when my alarm went off, I could hear people only just getting back from a night out. We had to meet at Charles Wilson at 6:30am; this was slightly earlier than planned because one of the dancers unfortunately had to drop out at short notice due to illness, so we had to set the dances with her missing (she still came to support us at the competition which was greatly appreciated by the whole team!). It’s safe to say my brain wasn’t functioning at 100% at that time in the morning!
Everyone piled onto the coach at 7am and we set off on the hour and half drive to Sheffield. The drive went surprisingly quickly, and I didn’t fall asleep! Once we arrived at the venue, we were shown to our (tiny) dressing room and set up camp. We were given a ‘welcome talk’ by the organisers to map out the schedule of the day, before the dancing kicked off at about 10am.
I had one dance before lunch and one dance after lunch, which meant I had some time to relax before performing. The first dance was advanced contemporary- it went really well, definitely one of the best times we’ve performed it. I messed up a bit which was frustrating but hopefully was hardly noticeable. The second dance was advanced modern- this went so well!!! Everyone performed it amazingly, the energy was so high. Once again, the best we’ve ever performed it, I enjoyed it so much. Unfortunately, I messed up on a bit again but hey, that’s what happens on stage.
So, the results… as you can probably tell from the contrast of this post to my DMU competition post, we unfortunately didn’t win any awards. This was disappointing; however, we were kind of expecting it anyway, due to the nature of Sheffield dance comp being so large and of a very high standard. The competition had a live stream on YouTube which my family and friends watched. When they found out that we didn’t win they said that we were robbed… make of that what you will!
It pains me to say that this will probably be my last competition with the Dance Performance Society. Unfortunately, when I go back to studying Medicine next year, I won’t have the time to dedicate to the society and therefore won’t be able to compete. This is absolutely gutting because the competitions are my favourite part of being in the society. However, we do have a smaller Medics Dance Society, which I will hopefully join once again when I’m in my final year, due to this society not needing as much commitment as the main one.
Before we finish our dancing year, we have one more performance. (Yay!!) This is the annual showcase that is happening on Monday 18th March. For the showcase, every dance society that exists at the uni is invited to perform, including Street, Swing and Dance Sport! It’s also an opportunity for people to do solos or duets that they didn’t perform at the competitions. It’s a great evening, full of lots of variety. It’s also a great opportunity for your friends to come and watch what you’ve been doing for the past 6 months!
So that’s that then, competition season is over. I hope you’ve enjoyed following both me and the society through the highs and lows of the competitions!
Here’s the link to the Facebook event for showcase if you fancy coming to watch: