Good morning! And it is a good morning ... I'm just chilling and doing a bit of writing whilst I get ready to head over to Jan's for a Sakura practice, more chilling, coffee, chat - you get the idea!
I don't want to give too much away about our performance as we'll be pulling it out again at a couple of upcoming haflas (albeit slightly different as there's a fair bit of improv in there!) but I can tell you that it was something completely different for us Sakura girls. Certainly the costumes and make up were not our usual thing as you will see from the photos here. We were captured in performance and beyond by the most excellent Mr James Lacey of Dark Soul photography; visit his website here for more wonderful examples of his work! But it wasn't just our appearance that was strange on Saturday ...
Whether that was the case or not, we certainly seemed to manage it! People told us our dance made them feel both happy and sad (box ticked), someone said she got so tied up in the story that she actually 'awwwwwed' at one point (another box ticked!) and we were told we should do stuff like that more often (my make up did grow on me - but yes, Jan, I DID take it off before I went to bed!). The audience were wonderfully supportive and it was great to look out at a sea of smiling faces (as I have blogged before that really does make such a difference to dancers!), So yes, despite the inevitable post-match dissection ('We did that move on different feet' etc etc) we did leave feeling good about it, and yes, we're looking forward to doing it all again!
So - Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to practice I go. More chat about the show, new combos to play with .. it's all good!
Until next time, happy dancing!