Ballroom in a Few Gifs #8

When a rando dancer you’ve never met sends you a friend request on Facebook

 

Where everyone puts their stuff at a competition

 

Seeing all the hot ballroom dancers

 

Floorcraft during novice standard and smooth

 

Standing spins in smooth Viennese waltz

 

Getting rushed back onto the on-deck area immediately after dancing

 

Dancing 10+ open choreography rounds in one day of competition

 

When the obvious winners congratulate you on making the final

 

Attempting to do a body roll

 

Watching videos of myself dancing

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Ballroom in a Few Gifs #6 – First Comp of the Season Edition

Purdue is in three weeks! Woot!  For all those prepping for their first big competitions this fall:
Trying to meet all the newbies before the competition

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Learning difficult new steps and panicking about making them work in competition

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The two stages of realizing how soon the first competition is

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The prospect of doing rounds

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Not being done with routines two weeks before the comp

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Trying to find a partner at the last minute

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Trying to remember how to do ballroom makeup

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Cram practicing. All. The. Time.

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Deciding to go shopping for new ballroom stuff

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Ballroom in a Few Gifs #5 – Back to School Edition

Welcome back to school, all those who are still getting their formal education on!

Reuniting with all your dance friends whom you haven’t seen all summer

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When you and your partner realize you are in no shape to run rounds

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Newbies watching veterans dance

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The brand-newbies just learned a cha cha basic!  

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Realizing that some of the freshmen were born in 1997

(new life goal: be out of grad school before the new freshmen were born in the 2000s)

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When your biggest rival just got way better this summer while you lazed around

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How some home-made ballroom gowns look

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What to expect at syllabus levels at collegiate competitions now that USA Dance costume rules have been relaxed

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Ballroom in a Few Gifs #3

When someone suggests running “just one more set of rounds”

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Tanning.  Every.  Single. Time.

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Getting woken up by all the bronze and newcomer dancers getting ready at 4 am

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Sitting through countless bronze rounds with no end in sight.

Winning bronze, cause that ish is hard!

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My reaction to people who double-register at competitions for all four styles.  Or those who are dancing open in all four styles.

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Spacing out, then realizing I have to be in line to dance RIGHT NOW.

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Trying out some new choreography for the first time at a competition.

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Getting a callback!

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Thinking we got a callback, but realizing it’s another couple’s number instead.

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When the emcee mispronounces a not-so-hard name during results.  Again.

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What goes on inside my head when I’ve realized they haven’t called our names yet and there’s only 1st place left.

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How I actually behave when I’ve realized they haven’t called our names yet and there’s only 1st place left.

 

Decompressing the day after getting home from a comp

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Ballroom in a Few Gifs #2

How I feel while wearing a really feathery old-school ballroom dress

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A week before trying to fit into that sexy-cutout number

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Trying to review a figure with a newbie

Cheering on friends who are better than you at a particular style

When my partner wants to eff around with our choreography again, adding something he saw on YouTube.

Moving up a level

Learning a new technical concept from my coach

When *those* people win yet again

Being a grad student on a collegiate team

You Know You’re a Collegiate Ballroom Dancer When…

You think $100 is a whole lot to pay for shoes.  Ha, just wait until you see prices for legit costumes.

There’s always some sort of partnering or dating or partnering AND dating drama going on.

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You have no idea who your partner will be for the next competition, which may or may not be next week.

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Girls are always on the prowl for a skilled male partner.

You’re cool with sleeping on a dorm room floor for the night.

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You are borrowing a skirt from a teammate but have no idea to whom it actually belongs.

You want to get a drink post competition but have to consider whether any of the people you are with are underage.

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You have lots of friends from colleges all over the place.  Who all seem to know each other somehow.

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You have some pretty intense ballroom crushes.  EIther opposite- or same-sex, doesn’t matter.

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You go from raggedy sweats as a uniform to glammed out competition mode with a flip of a switch.

Not sure where it’s from, but Disney originally, obvi.

You’re willing to drive 10+ hours to a competition but never to fly.

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You scrounge money for occasional private lessons a couple times a semester.

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You regularly go to sleep at 3 am and wake up at 5 am to get ready for a competition.

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You bring homework to a competition but inevitably don’t even touch it.

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You are not quite sure how old anyone is….they could range from 17 to over 35.

You wear a costume that belongs to either the team or a team member and it has been used by at least five people in the past couple of years.

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You want to just leave already, be it from campus or the competition or team dinner, but it takes the team almost-literally years to go anywhere.

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You just love everyone, because the collegiate ballroom dance community is a fantastic one! Much Ballroom Love!

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Horrible Things That Have Happened to Me on the Dance Floor…

…yet did not cause the end of the world…

1) Have fallen on my butt, completely sprawled on the ground (I believe about three times). Often with a shoe popped off.  There is video evidence, but I won’t help you find it 😉

2) Had my skirt slowly roll down so much that I had to yank it up not-so-subtly in order to not moon the poor audience members

3) Arrived to the ballroom (after sprinting from the parking garage) literally about a minute before I was supposed to be on the floor (comp was running earlier than the previous day), changed while running to line up, and danced! (And made a callback, miraculously!)

4) Had my necklace snap off and get loose in the middle of dancing smooth, so I (more dramatically than I intended) tossed it off to a corner (as not to step on it or have anyone else step on it)

5) Completely blanked out on the routine – both in competition and in showcase (this has probably happened at least a dozen times)

6) Gotten hit directly in the head by a smooth-style explosion arm (from a rather tall lead) and got the wind knocked out of me for a second or two

7) Knocked heads with someone while in frame

8) Danced off of the floor, possibly close to hitting a judge?

9) Danced completely and utterly off time, making faces at my partner because we disagreed about the beat/phrase

10) Made an utterly-clueless facial expression because I’m bad at hiding that

11) During a solo-couple on-stage performance, did a  deep lunge but wobbled around off-balance like an idiot for what felt like a solid 10 seconds. Awk.

And now, for things I’ve witnessed from other dancers:

1) Buttons popping open on a borrowed Latin shirt. Round after round… (you know who you are if you’re reading this, and it’s all good…)

2) Hooking the bottom of a skirt with a heel and actually completely mooning one side of the audience

3) Collisions galore

4) Various body parts popping out that should not be doing so…

5) Awful tanning disasters (think…green.)

6) Hair flying loose from fancy standard hairstyles

Take-home point: **** happens, you deal with it, and move on! 😀