In San Diego County, the 2nd Annual Theater Show was held at the Carlsbad Village Theater in Carlsbad and in Orange County, the 5th Annual Theater Show was held at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster.
There were 37 solos in San Diego and 74 solos in Orange County.
Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Long Beach, Oceanside, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Solana Beach, & Torrance! Phew! That’s a lot of schools!
4. The audience was full of friends and family!
How often do you get to show off your awesome dance skills to all of your friends and family? And outside the studio no less? Sometimes, they are terrified to come watch at one of those Guest Parties because they’ll end up on the dance floor too but this time they got to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
The performers varied not only in physical age but in dancing age as well. Some had only been dancing a few weeks and jumped with both feet into the water and onto the stage. For others, it was their 5th Theater Show and they’ve been dancing for years. However, just because you’ve been dancing a long time doesn’t always mean you are brave enough to take that step from the social or competition floor to the big stage. One student who performed has been dancing with Arthur Murray’s for over 19 years and this was her very first Theater Show. Wow! What an accomplishment!
Being in the studio, a nightclub, or even a competition has its perks but there’s no feeling like those bright lights in front of a big crowd with all eyes on you. Both Theater Shows were performed in actual theaters too. It was like your own Arthur Murray version of Broadway!
From the countless rehearsals, to costume choices, the cutting of the music, the scary dress rehearsal, the pep talk right before showtime, the performance itself, the high-fives and hugs after, and the debriefing afterwards, it was a journey your instructor would gladly do time and time again.
There is always that moment when the thought crosses your mind, “Am I going to be able to actually do this?” Of course you are, and you did! Learning a routine has it’s ups and downs of excitement and nervousness of being outside your comfort zone but in the end it always ends the same way. Your confidence and dancing skills were stretched and taken to a whole new level. You’re not the same dancer you were before the Theater Show and that’s good thing.
9. You made unforgettable memories.
Whether you did a solo or your friends roped you into a formation, you made so many memories along the way: the funny times you messed up in rehearsals, the nervous crowd of people huddled in the wings, the crazy feeling of being on stage, and the celebrations afterwards.
With the media full of political mayhem and the internet filled with funny cat videos, you got a change to escape to another world for an evening and leave tomorrow’s problems for another day. Whether you were in the audience supporting friends and family, cheering on your fellow dancers, or were a performer yourself, you experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. From intense, dramatic routines to silly, comedic ones, you never knew what was coming next. You laughed, you cried, it was better than CATS!
In case you missed out on all the fun, there is always next year. In the meantime, check out Maude Productions for more pictures from both Theater Shows!