Now that I have no feiseanna for a while, it’s time to switch gears and focus on the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day marathon. I’m once again a team lead this year, and at last night’s practice our teacher wasn’t able to be there so we were running on our own. This year is a bit difficult for us all for a couple reasons. First, we’ve changed our normal show to go along with what our other school studios do in performances. The goal is understandable and admirable: a consistent show allows people from all studios to participate in performances across the area and no one is excluded because a certain studio does different choreography. But in addition to learning new steps, there are some things about the new show I just plain don’t like and thought were better the old way. And by some things, I mean most of the things. I’ve got no say though, so I’m trying to accept it. Second, we have no kids. The adults have to cover all Beginner and Novice-level steps in addition to our usual dances. It’s lame to dance something that is super simple and only looks good when small children do it due to that simpleness, and it’s also a cardio nightmare to be in twice as much of the show as usual!
But, back to last night. I love the kids and my adult friends, but I totally understand how my teacher can get frustrated with the lack of listening! Whenever I tried to make some comments or give a direction, there were always a few people not listening. Just like last year, I get the sense that I’m not really in charge or team lead.
Aside from that, we did okay and made it through the show twice, though with some hiccups. I have a lot of concerns with people not knowing steps and where to be when they need to be there. I’m one of those people, unfortunately, because I totally pooched the four hand reel and will need to study the video a lot in order to get it under control. Unlike our old six hand reel from last year, I can’t easily perform in any spot I’m needed. Even in my normal spot I struggle with some of the style thrown in to better match what the main studio performs. I’m glad we’re no longer the unspoken of step child of my school, but I do miss some of the freedoms we had.
Regardless, we made it through two runs of the show and I have an adult champ helping me keep the younger champs under control. All should be well by mid March, hopefully! Back to solo dancing in Novice/Prizewinner class tonight.