I had a bit of a revelation last night.
Since my focus for this upcoming competition is not just on ‘getting through the routines’, there is a completely different focus now. Now I can actually ‘dance’ the routines–and it seems like it’s been a long time since I have been able to do that.
It’s created a really positive ‘switch’ in my mind and one that I think I needed. Last night, we were working through rumba, samba and paso and beginning with rumba this revelation suddenly came to the surface. Especially with rumba as there are times when I can really move through the timing.
Needless to say, I am suddenly just enjoying how I am dancing much more than I have in a very long time. Or rather I feel like I CAN enjoy what I am doing without having to worry that my legs will give out or I won’t be able to control something. It’s very liberating.
One of the biggest switch is that now when I ask my body to use a little bit of power, it responds.
We were working on Paso last night, in particular a step called ‘the twists’ which involves me moving around Boss then doing a heal turn before moving around him again. It’s a step that moves a lot and involves a lot of shaping when it is done right. It also involves changing the ‘epicentre’ of the rotation from one partner to the other. We were working on this switch last night and for whatever reason, I felt very free in what I was doing as well as strong throughout the movement.
Yesterday seems to be a start of a bit of a reawakening that I think has been coming since I stopped the hormone therapy last month and started to get my hormones under control. I was feeling some small side effects from the injection yesterday–such as nausea, headaches and light-headedness, but already today I can feel myself experiencing the same recovery of energy I had after the last injection. Definitely a huge relief being only 1 week from competition.
If I were to summarize how I am feeling, I would say that I really just realized that going to this competition, I can actually compete, instead of feeling like ‘filler’ on the floor. I am trying to keep control, but I can certainly say that excitement for the competition is starting to build–in a good way.
There is still a lot to do to finish the preparations for this competition, but already I feel more prepared and ready for this competition than I have since 2014.
I am ready to dance.