Scenes from the DanceSport Academy Showcase

Monday, August 1, 2011

We spent much of yesterday rehearsing for and then delivering the sixth DanceSport Academy Showcase, sited this year at the Villanova University Connelly Center (which is also where the Lore Kephart Distinguished Historians Series is hosted).

I happen to think it was the best show ever—full of brave souls, innovative choreography, sheer talent, electrifying youth, and the final crowning glory of two performances by Latin champion dancers Jan Paulovich and Lana Roosiparg.

It was also, for me, a chance to dance that waltz with Jan and that cha-cha with my husband—a chance, too, to be surprised by dear friends Tom, Nancy, Mark, Elizabeth, and Laura, who arrived unannounced and cheered us on.  How much that meant (and how long remembered it will be).  And afterward, of course, dinner with the Bells.  We always love our dinner with the Bells, and it's especially fun when dinner with the Bells coincides (another surprise) with a second chance to visit with Tom, Nancy, Mark, Elizabeth, and Laura.

Thank you, Scott Lazarov, John Larson, Cristina Mueller, Aideen O'Malley, Tirsa Rivas, and, of course, Jan and Lana, for seeing us through.  For asking us to do more than we think we can—for expecting it from us—and for giving us a stage upon which we can try to soar...or, at least, hear the music.


Mandy said...

Looks like a wonderful time! Now where are the pictures of your dance? :)

Elizabeth said...

We loved seeing your performance - and, to no one's surprise, you tell a beautiful story even in dance. We are grateful for your introduction to DanceSport and the pleasure we have found in attempting to take our first semi-rhythmic steps.

Becca said...

I was thinking of you last night, and somehow just knew it was wonderful :)

So glad to hear my intuition was correct!

Anna Lefler said...

Fabulous photos!

Congrats on all of the superb performances!



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