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Sep. 29th, 2002 | 03:16 am

Tonight was a dance competition where I was remembered by Louis Van Amstel, who is 5th in the world in Professional Latin Dance. And I have only taken maybe four lessons with him in my life. But he remembered me and I felt both stunned and special.

Waltz and Foxtrot and Tango and Quickstep did not go as well as they could have. We were third in waltz and fourth in tango and foxtrot and fifth in quickstep. Although. I do not understand the scrutineering because I thought it was supposed to work that you were ranked by how many firsts you got, so anybody who got ranked first was ranked ahead of people who didn't have any first places. But apparently I was wrong.

Ironically, Viennese Waltz, which was newly added to our repertoire, was our best dance, in which we placed first.

I was unhappy with the result until I watched the video, in which I saw that our dancing has improved so much in the last two months that perhaps we did not place as highly as we would like, but we did dance very well, even if it is not as well as we are capable of. We have goals now and definite things to work on, and that is the whole point of competition is it not? To see where we fit in the real world, against real people who spend much more money than we do taking tons and tons of lessons and having perfect clothes and everything else.

So, though are placements are not as I would have liked, nor was our dancing, our dancing was solid. It was good, solid dancing and there is much to work on, but we will get there.

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