“Now for the dance of love… Polka!”
“Remember gentlemen, you’re supposed to gaze lovingly at her during the night club”
“Let’s hear it for our dancers” *applause*
“And in first place, our new World Champion in Male Newcomer Open…”
Ah, the sounds of competition at the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships, “Worlds” for short. The World Championships are held the first week of January each year and there are dancers from all over the world competing. This year it is in Orlando Florida. The dancers at the event have been working all year long toward this final event of the year, the culmination of 12 months of effort.
Just so you know, Worlds XX is actually going on right now; right this very minute in fact. I’m watching the Female Starter B and Female Newcomer Pro-Am competition right now as I type this, streaming live from GlobalDance.TV. They are just finishing Night Club and then they’ll do Cha-Cha, followed by the Waltz heats.
With apologies to Shakespeare, here I am once again charging, or should I say waddling, forward. It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog so here is a quick update:
As I went into the UCWDC World Championships of Country Western Dance in Jan 2011, I weighed 238 lbs, a loss of of 37 lbs from my heaviest weight of 275. Yay me! I made it through the deadly months of October, November and December with its land mines of savory treats and communal eating. I made it through the stress of preparing for the World Championships. I was on track and although I had plateaued, I was at least *not* gaining weight.
I did pretty good at Worlds: 1st place (and a brand new World Championship title) with my dance partner in Couples Diamond III and 2nd overall in Couples Crystal III. Yay! I placed 2nd overall in Advanced Male Crystal Line Dance and Advanced Male Diamond Line Dance. Yay! I placed 2nd overall in Male Pro-Am Crystal and Diamond and 5th Overall in Open Male Pro-Am. Not too shabby.
I came back and… Read the rest of this entry