All I can say is ….. that’s right. I’m speechless.
ULHS was held in New Orleans this year. It was my first time there and I had a blast. New Orleans is a wild city. I had always wondered about going to Mardis Gras, but after seeing what Bourbon Street is like on a regular night, I don’t think I could handle Mardis Gras one bit.
Brooks and I got there Tuesday before the event and went right out to dance that night, as we did every night after. It was amazing. I finally had the chance to see the Vipers (now renamed the Cottonmouth Kings) live. They were as great as I imagined.
The event itself was awesome as well. It was great to see so many of my old friends from the northeast again. It was hot as hell in New Orleans. Everyone was drenched in sweat after a single dance, let alone a whole night’s worth.
Comps were stressful. I was terrified actually. Prelims and such were all jam-packed into Saturday and I was really just looking forward to getting them over with so I could sit down and watch finals. My plan was just to try my best, try and stay calm, and have fun. The J&J went exactly as I expected, you know, when there’s a group of so many amazing dancers all in one place. I did not make semi-finals and I enjoyed watching the remaining comp a lot. The finalists really brought some heat.
I also signed up for the Showdown (strictly) and the solo jazz comp. I competed with Chance and had a lot of fun. That comp however did not go as expected. I actually made the quarter-finals. We were just aiming to have fun for as long as we could. Then we made the semi-finals… then the finals. And then, we won. We were up against Dax and Annie, two dancers who I greatly respect and admire. How did this happen?! Not what I expected at all. But it was a lot of fun. Now I’m waiting to find a good quality video of the whole thing… you know, so I can show my mom.
The solo jazz comp was right after the strictly finals, so I didn’t have a chance to rest at all. I didn’t get to change into something more comfortable or get water. I was exhausted and too tired to pull off any of the things I knew I wanted to do in that comp. Oh well. I did still last longer in that comp than last year, so to me, it was still a success.
Basically… New Orleans was a hell of a time.