First Time Performer’s – Memories from the National Championships

First Time Performer’s – Memories from the National Championships
Article Date  : 27th July 2019
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    ‘You’ll enjoy it’ they said, ’we have a laugh’ they said.

    But as I stood on the steps waiting to go out and perform our dance in the Albert Hall in Nottingham, I wasn’t sure if I was enjoying myself. My heart was pounding in my ears, I suddenly felt like had developed two left feet and my mind was a complete blank.

    ‘Must remember pointy toes, smile at the audience and pout at the judges’. What was I doing? I must be mad to have agreed. I had watched myself on the rehearsal videos and I was like one of those hippos from Fantasia. Nothing like Darcy Bussell. And my worst nightmare – What if I fell over!

    But then our name was called and we were on the dance floor. The music began and I was moving and actually performing. Then it was all over. I came off so pleased with myself and so proud to have been a part of the movement team for Denholm’s Dancers. I wanted to go back and do it again, sort out my pointy toes and naughty toes and slow it down so that I could take it all in and enjoy dancing with my fabulous dance friends.

    I would love to do it again and I have no doubt I will feel exactly the same if I do – but WHAT a feeling!

    Thank you to Ruth and all of the girls for putting up with my two left feet.
    Louise Craven

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