28 Sep Killick Klassik
A few months ago, I found out that my birthday this year would be during the week of the Killick Klassik competition in Boca Raton, Florida.
Guess what I spent my birthday doing…dancing, of course, and I am so glad I did because I had a blast! I mean, apart from being with my family, how else would I want to spend it?
When my mother, Eddie, Chasity and I arrived at the luxurious Boca Raton Resort & Club, we met up with Dawn, another one of Eddie’s students. The five of us went to dinner and relaxed because we had to compete the next day. There, Eddie introduced me to Paul Killick and Shirley Ballas, who are both so nice. I am always proud to be with Eddie because not only is he the most amazing teacher, but he is an amazing person and I can tell that so many people see that as well. He is always so positive, but tough on me at the same time…and that is just what I need as a teacher.
The competition the next day went awesome. I felt like that was my first competition that I wasn’t too nervous dancing in. My nerves still get to me some, but I really do realize how blessed I am to be working for a future in such an amazing business. The lifestyle is so glamorous and fun…not to mention that Eddie gives me the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in the business.
One thing I was so excited about was Derek Hough and Mark Ballas being at this competition. I was hoping to tell Mark how much I love his music (especially his song Why..I have had it on repeat since I got it), but Mark wasn’t able to make the competition. I did, however, make my way to meet Derek, which made my birthday, and he is as nice as he seems. Now let me tell you, I have a big family and I’m close to all of them so I had to brag about meeting him. It took only one phone call to only one cousin and I my phone was ringing off the hook for the rest of the trip. That’s what my family likes to call CNN…Cousin News Network. That is also why I am crazy about my family.
This competition was a great one for me. I always learn and grow after I compete, but after this one I feel like I brought even more home to help me improve. It wasn’t just from the competing, but watching the pros Friday and Saturday night. They inspire me so much. There are so many amazing dancers..I’m just glad I am not the one judging. I am just there to take in the energy, passion, and love of dance that they give off…and I do. I take it home with me and keep it close during practice so this was just the trip I needed to go home and prepare for the U.S. Championships.
Thank you, Paul Killick and Shirley Ballas, for such an amazing time and experience. I look forward to next year already.