Dance Mardi Gras 2013

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I have to be truthful.  I was so tired going into Dance Mardi Gras this year that I was really worried that I would not be able to enjoy myself.  Welp, I totally underestimated the positive energy of the people that we were surrounded by and in retrospect, I have no idea how I even doubted myself!

This was our first year on staff at DMG, 2nd year to attend.  But this time, we were also able to bring 11 of our students and ams to come play with us, including 2 newcomers!  Trent and I both love love LOVED the energy and excitement that our newest students brought to the table.  As some of you may understand, when you’ve been doing something for a long time, like competitions, there is a tendency to get complacent, to get jaded.  A special shoutout to Sarah, Amalie, Tyson and Amy for helping us to remember why we were drawn to this dance and to competing, and why we love this so much and how much we love teaching this dance to others in hopes that they will love it as much as we do!  We also want to thank Eric, Hona, Lani, Shane, Matthew, Louie, and Alan for coming to play and support and compete with us!  It means the world!

As always, we love being with our Louisiana dance family, but it also fantastic to get to meet some new folks, like Dean and Dawn Garrish, 2 of the event directors for DMG, and in the case with Dean, a chance to not only dance, but compete with him in the Jack and Jill!  What an honor!  I can’t even describe how nervous I was to compete in my first invitational, but Dean made it easy for me to relax and just enjoy our dance!

The icing on the cake for the entire weekend was receiving my 3rd top female pro award in the last year.  Simply amazing, and I am humbled and grateful for all my wonderful ams who trust me to compete with me as their pro.  I can’t thank y’all enough!

Trent and I had a GREAT time AGAIN in Louisiana.  You folks make us feel so welcome and we can’t wait to return!

~Michelle