Dance Legends is a ballroom and latin showdance festival which is happening on April 13th and 14th in New York City.
Its lineup is incredible- Bryan Watson & Carmen (performing for one last time), Riccardo Cocchi & Yulia Zagoruychenko, Michael Malitowski & Joanna Leunis, Sergey Surkov & Melia, Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova, Mirko Gozzoli & Edita Daniute, Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyeva, Michael Wentink & Beata and Victor da Silva & Hanna Karttunen.
Today, someone asked me why I loved dance so much. I opened my mouth to answer and stopped to think… why is it that I love dancing so much? Is it the thrill of mastering a difficult figure like the three alemanas a few months back?… or is it the feeling I get once I finish a routine knowing I’ve succeeded in completing all my steps?…
I think the real reason I love it is due to a mixture of factors. I love learning new steps as much as I love discovering new possible combinations of professionals like Bryan & Carmen, Riccardo & Yulia or Mirko & Alessia. I love waking up in the morning knowing I have something to look forward to- something I know will enjoy no matter how many times I mess up. I love the challenge of exams and the nervous yet excited feeling in my stomach before I begin my routine.
Most of all, however, I love that feeling of freedom when I know I’ve achieved my goals. It’s a very rare feeling where everything comes together- the music, the routine, the costume… There is nothing more satisfying than finishing your routine knowing you did the best you possibly could. Freedom is difficult to feel in this world but when I dance, that feeling spreads through my body and mind… that’s really when I feel happiest.