So today i ventured out of the house for the first time in what feels like forever! All rugged up and antibiotics in hand, myself Amanda and Tardo went out for breakfast then headed to the Wayville show grounds for the Vintage fair! I must admit, that although I didn’t get to do much, I really enjoyed myself 🙂
After wandering around for a little while, naturally i discovered an amazing shoe stall. To my every excitement, I discovered these babies! Not only were they the last ones left but they were also my size and fit me perfectly. So naturally, i had to buy them. I think they will make a wonderful addition to my shoe collection, what do you think?
They also had a vintage photo booth with a whole bunch of silly props and what have you that you could use, so naturally me and Amanda couldn’t resist! photo booths are our thing after all. So much so that I think I may just add a page to show off all our *cough* wonderful *cough* photo booth collection 😛 Of course, there is an adorable set of me and Tardo being silly as well, I think these shots from today may be my favourites so far!
The other highlight of my day’s outing was to see the fantastic performances by all my lovely swing friends! Click here see a video of the “sausage Sizzle” Boys strutting their stuff, and doing a mighty fine job at it if I do say so myself!
I must admit though, watching all these wonderful dancers and listening to the awesome music of lucky 7 playing today has made me realize more than ever that I really am in a rather bad dance slump. I have noticed it a fair amount over the past few months and it saddens me to think that my enthusiasm for the dance has dwindled as much as I feel it has. My lack of motivation or time to go out social dancing, the fact I no longer know any of the regular dancers in my scene anymore, not feeling challenged enough by what is on offer here and again the lack of money and motivation to get my ass to exchanges is severely taking its toll. I have found especially since my partner in crime (and little brother of course) Andy has left the scene for Europe, like so many others before him, I feel a kind of barrier between myself and the scene. I’ve always felt he was what helped me bridge the gap between the “me” and “them” feeling I so frequently get when at social’s.
I was discussing this topic with my lovely friend Jen from Swing City Dance just this afternoon and she brought a particular article to my attention from dance world takeover, titled “When Lindy hop isn’t fun anymore”. I don’t think I could have read another article that applied to me more. I can now happily say that i am suffering from a growth slump, Burnout and social woes. Which i am actually happy to hear is not uncommon. But at the same time, im still not 100% on how i am going to fix it. See, my love of Lindy hop will always be there, when i hear the music, see the moves, I just cant help but feel happy. I was never destined to be a professional dancer or for Lindy hop to be my entire world, although I like to think that it will always be apart of it. So for now I’m thinking I continue pottering along as i have been, dancing here and there when i feel like it. I’d like to try to get out to more social events, but of course that would require me to stop constantly becoming ill first. So for starters, I think I will work on that. Don’t worry Lindy hop, I still love you. I’ll be back soon, I promise!