- posted by Maria
David and I passed a new milestone in our dancing last weekend at MADjam: we competed our routine in Classic Division. That’s the division where all the world’s top pros compete. Our routine had won too many times in Rising Star so we had to move up. It wasn’t our choice to do that, but we took it as a challenge and tweaked the routine and the performance even further.
We had a great run at MADjam, partially due to feeling ZERO stress or expectations. We knew there would be no chance of a podium so we just focused on entertaining and doing our best with a routine we’re proud of. The coolest part of the experience was being in that division because of the attention it gets: Saturday-night show, biggest audience, full light show … and you are on stage with your idols and they hug you and congratulate you. Wow, it was fun.
Some unexpected things came of the experience:
- We discovered that our routine violates Classic division rules. “Classic” division is the “no lifts” division while “Showcase” is the division for routines with lifts. We worked hard to make sure that my feet would not leave the ground on our finishing move…but we failed to think about the number of weight-supported moves that the routine has. Rules say 5 maximum and we’re way over that! So we were penalized.
- We were amazed and warmed by the support we received from friends and strangers alike, who sent us messages or came up and congratulated us over the weekend. It was kind of amazing to realize that our routine didn’t get completely lost in the shuffle of 10 other pro routines!
Anyway, we don’t want to put this routine in another Classic division knowing that it breaks rules, and at the same time don’t want to mess with the routine any more. So we’ll retire it after we perform it next month at Ottawa BIGGEST West Coast Swing Dance Party featuring Michael Kielbasa.
We’re on the hunt for a new song to create a new routine especially for Classic Division. If you have suggestions, send them our way!