My First Performance

I remember when I first decided to perform in a showcase with the Djoniba Centre. I was never a dancer before coming to the Beginner African classes. Me, perform on a stage? But everyone in class was so supportive that I decided to try it out. And I am so happy that I did.

In the weeks leading up to the showcase, we would stay for rehearsals after class to practice the steps we learned that day. It was great chance to get to know the other people who came to the Djoniba Centre. We get to sweat together in classes, but before the show we got to know each other breaking down the steps, making our costumes, and getting everything ready. The rehearsals gave me the chance to really understand each step and to get corrections. I improved more in the weeks leading up to the showcase than I thought possible. And with all the extra dancing (and extra sweating!), I lost weight and felt myself getting even stronger.

When the night of the performance came, I kept saying to myself, “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Over and over, “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” And when it was over, I couldn’t believe I had done this. And I couldn’t wait to do it again.

Watch a video of the show!