I love competing. A lot. Clearly that is why I do it so often. I do make jokes that I need the money, which I do, but that’s just the cherry on top. I’m still satiated even if I don’t make it to the finals.
Those who know me in person know I can be very shy. I’m actually terrible at communicating face to face, especially when I meet someone new. And I mean to use terrible with the full force the word wields. Dancing is a way for me to communicate that, oddly, I’m much more confident and comfortable with.
Competing or performing is a lot more powerful to me because it’s like communicating with everyone in the room at once. Public speaking vs. a private conversation with your friend. Dancing has given me the ability to communicate like I’ve had never before. Lindy Hop is my babel fish to the world ever since I found it.
Come cheer me on at Boogie By The Bay this weekend in San Francisco! More of my thoughts on competitions next week…