Jul 8, 11:21 AM
Fri 11th June should have been relatively straight forward. I worked a Long day the day before, stayed up til nearly midnight doing nails and straighening hair. Mum suggested that we drop my little boy at school and gradually make our way to Leicester, that way we’d have the entire afternoon at relax and leisurely get ready…
No-one prepared us for roadworks and accidents! We made it to the hotel for 17.30, and i had to be at the venue for 18.00. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Somehow, we got there, i scrambeled to put my hair into a sensible state without a big enough mirror, and did my make-up, then our guest stars, the Lengendary Nagwa Foaoud and Randa Kamel were nearly 2 hours late to the competition.
You would think that this would have effected my nerves, but actually, I was so glad to get it all over and done with, and was really exhausted! Normally, I am incredibly self -critical, the only minor mishap, was my hair slides coming off during the performance and all my hair went into my face! But I carried on regardless!
Did i feel this was a positive experience? Not in this case. The feedback received by all the dancers seemed to be based on the way we looked and not how we danced or interpreted the music, and was by no means constructive. The criteria the competition should have been based on, was not utilised. Only half of the finalists were ‘UK based dancers. I didn’t come away with any practise points, or anything that would have benefited further performances.
That is not to say, that i didn’t enjoy the weekend. I received some wonderful feedback from other professionals, met some wonderful people, learnt some new combinations, and had a blast!
When organising an event, you expect some things to go wrong…You don’t bank on, venues not returning calls, performers not turning up, Stalls cancelling the day before, clashing with every dance event / fete / carnival / oh yeah, and the World Cup! organisers getting ill, (poor Chloe), just to name a few things…
On the whole, it was a lovely event. We had approx. 50 ladies, bustling around the stalls, having mini treatments, shopping, eating cake and dancing, or watching others perform. It was relaxed, informal, and a refreshing break away from the football and the heat! We will endeavour to make this a bi-annual event, details for the xmas grand harem will follow shortly! Thanks to everyone who worked really hard to pull off a lovely day!
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