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Song and Dance Saturdays

It’s been a busy week for me; not just in academics, but in exciting (and exhausting) moments.

Last week, I fronted a salsa band.

On Wednesday, my dance teacher Alissa told me that her salsa bandleader needed a male lead singer for the Chabad Chanukah party.

On Thursday, I had a phone chat with Hanna, the bandleader, and sang for her.

On Friday afternoon, I went to Hanna’s house for a jam session to learn ten-ish songs, most of which I knew the lyrics, but with different tunes.

And on Saturday night, at about 7 PM, I got dressed up and showed up at the Sky Bar at Ovation, met the band…and at 8 PM, started singing Hebrew salsa songs (and “I Have A Little Dreidel,” with a bonus Madison-themed verse written by me!) for over 100 guests, at a party that also featured an open bar, sushi bar, salad bar (a theme, I guess), and tons of latkes and doughnuts.

And tonight…

After about four rehearsals, not counting several hours this afternoon, Ciara and I set a record by being the first-ever beginner dancers to perform at Badger Ballroom showcase! We did a self-choreographed cha-cha routine to “Fight For Me Tonight” by Anuhea (my choice of song, yay) and I thought we did pretty darn respectable, and we got a lot of nice comments from people. Mostly that our dance was cute…but I’ll take it.

And now, to finish all the work, that is all due…on Tuesday.

Yikes.

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Things I Can Do, Things I Can Did

Today, I managed to:

  • Get up at 6 AM to make my houseguests breakfast.
  • Make it to Engineering by 9 AM to assist a workshop for APO Region Rally.
  • Make it on time to Gordon Commons for Standard competition, Newcomer Waltz and Quickstep (no placement though, boo 😦 ).
  • Return to Engineering by 1 PM to lead my very own workshop.
  • Participate in advisory roundtable.
  • Get back to Gordon Commons for Newcomer Latin, dance in 4 heats (Cha Cha/Samba/Rumba/Jive), then 4 quarter-finals, then 4 semi-finals (+ an extra semi-final for Samba/Jive), and earn 5th place in the Samba final.
  • Make it to APO banquet in time to hear Maggie Katz speak.
  • Participate in the biggest Fellowship Circle I’ve seen in 6 years.
  • Get to Target before they closed for snacks and some medicine because I’ve been coughing/sneezing.

Exhausting? Yes.

Am I tired? Debatable.

Did I think I could get it all done, and be on time for everything? No.

But did I accomplish it? Yes, I did.

Could I do it again? With enough rest, less coughing, and higher temperatures, absolutely.