Congratulations to all dancers who participated in the West Coast Dance Explosion Convention/Competition this weekend. All of the studios did a great job, but I am especially proud of Sweatshop's Assembly Line dancers. Our first event as a new studio, the dancers' performances in class and on stage far exceeded my expectations. Knowing that the values and training we strive to instill in our dancers makes them standouts is ultimately the most rewarding experience I've ever had. Opening a studio was realizing a dream, I imagined how this debut would feel, but never really knew what to expect. It's been a lifelong journey getting to this point and, like many in life, the experience seemed over before it began and I wish I could've relished the moments longer...but it's over. The build up was so much work, the high of the weekend so high, I'm left emotionally and physically drained like I've never been before. I sat in my living room this evening, a place I have barely seen in the past eight months, and felt completely lost. I looked around and thought "Ok, wow, I did it, but where do I go from here?" Contemplating my way through a maze of scattered ideas, it wasn't long before I drifted to sleep. Though I don't recall ever having reached a conclusion, when I awoke the answer to my question seemed obvious: "What do you mean, 'where do you go from here'!? You've only just begun and you have a blog to write, get to work!"
24/1/2012 10:18:50 am
Its all true as a team we are unstoppable
24/1/2012 02:33:48 pm
I have to admit, one thing we have that I haven't seen in any other company is passion. It's nice to win & be considered "the best" but we don't spend hours in the studio to accomplish just that - we dance because we love it. And nobody can top that. I don't care what anybody sais...we truly ARE the most well-rounded and driven studio.
26/1/2012 12:58:42 pm
..you haven't seen passion in ANY other company?!! Maybe your dance program just teaches you to block out others and only realize yourselves because almost all other studios dance with passion and love it. Winning is not our goal, but leaving with a feeling of self accomplishment and feeling like we have worked our hardest and supported the ones around us IS most definitely our goal. Congratulations at WCDE, the results can't be changed, but your outlook on others can be.
27/1/2012 02:59:20 am
Anonymous: Thank you so much for contributing your thoughts to my blog. I am excited that we are reaching dancers from outside of our studio, that was the point. I’m also happy to hear that you feel as passionate about your dancing as contributor Divinity Ray. However, I think it’s noteworthy that your general message is undermined by the fact that you took a comment that was not personal, personally, and used it as fuel to make a personal attack on me and my studio. I really want to help all of you guys learn to articulate your thoughts in a way that allows each of you to express and maintain your opinions without seeming contradictory to yourselves. Everyone has an opinion, every opinion is valuable to me. Unfortunately, you’re completely mistaken about how we run things at Sweatshop, please feel free to come down and see the difference for yourself anytime. I completely appreciate your contribution and hope you’ll continue to follow this blog. From this point forward it would be great if all posts are in some way linked to the original blog, knowing that the comments presented by others are their opinions and must be read by you with a heightened sense of maturity. There’s also no need to speak for your entire studio, it is filled with intelligent individuals who are capable of articulating their thoughts for themselves, maybe even more clearly than you can for them. Sincerely, Brian
27/1/2012 04:23:31 am
SWEATshop does not teach us to "block out others and only realize ourselves". We thoroughly respect all other companies & know how much talent each person posseses. Every company has passion to dance & passion to be the best they can be. I believe that. I am specifically referring to competitions in which we are battling it out & going for the gold. From what I have noticed, a lot of companies become so blinded by winning they forget why they're on that stage in the first place, and why they spend so many hours in the studio. I can't speak for other companies because I do not have enough knowledge to do so - however I will speak for ours because I train with these amazing people everyday and am so inspired by them.
1/2/2012 09:09:29 am
That was the best show I have ever seen!
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