Oh my god! I did it! I’ve dreamed for years of somehow, someday, getting back in competitive dance shape – and miraculously knowing how to samba – so I could audition for Samba Fogo, our local pro Samba dance company.
A couple of months ago, a beginner’s workshop popped up in my Facebook feed, and I jumped on it. Next week is the last of the 5-wk. course, and I’m a natural! I’m up there with the Latin girls as best-in-beginner. The ladies I “compete” with are from the salsa tradition, so they struggle with falling back into that rhythm. I never had it, so I just samba! I don’t know how I know how to shake like that, but the only thing I need is time to get my speed up. (I still look plenty awkward, but it’s in me. It won’t be long!)
This weekend is the audition for “Ala,” the community performance extension of the dance company, which I knew nothing about. I’ll be out of town camping (in the snow!). Yesterday, after class, I overheard Lorin – founder of Samba Fogo, our teacher, and winner of the 2018 Female Malandro competition at the International Samba Congress in LA – talking with another student about what to expect. I asked if she holds auditions every six months (It’s a six-month commitment), and mentioned being out of town for this one. She invited me to join without an audition!
I’m in Samba Fogo! I get everything I want!
I get half-off dance classes, and world class training. I mean, are you kidding me? What took me so long!? Why did I live halfway ’til I was halfway through? What is that?
No matter. I’ve begun. I’m so excited! My goal is to get this binge body off of me for the last time, and settle for it no more. I didn’t have it while I was biking, obviously, but I’m 30 lbs overweight since I got a car. Three years! Ridiculous!
I do count myself fortunate, inasmuch as I could be well over 200 lbs. with someone else’s metabolism. I joke that skinny was my superpower, and I lost it. But I didn’t, really. I regularly eat 4-5000 calories a day. My best friend didn’t believe me until she recorded my intake in FitDay and saw for herself. I have a freebie.
Unfortunately, I’ve used it to become skinny fat. I still struggle with diet. My cooking classes have been inconsistent, for different reasons, but I’m making slow progress. I’m getting there. I’m totally confident that I’ll get my kit down in the kitchen.
With dance back in my life, I’m reclaiming my body, my health, my joy, for good. I’m not going back. My main concern is my left big toe joint, but that’s another story (Fibro+), a bridge to cross another day. Dancing. 😉
For the next 5 years, I’m going to practice healthy, responsible maintenance, and cruise into 50 looking like that hot shit with no right to be so high and tight, and HAPPY!