Last season was a journey for the Fever Dance Troupe. As we worked diligently this past year, not only did the team compete well, but FDT received top honors in several areas of competition and were invited to compete at the World Dance Championships at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
In 2008, I was a Regional Hip Hop Soloist champion and was invited to the World Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I placed third in the world. This year, leading the Fever Dance Troupe, I was able to share this victory with my students. During the semi-final round of the competition, the girls were nervous. The arena was amazing, full of lights and decor from the dancer red carpet to the international flags surrounding the Meadowlands Expo Center, and that was an exciting reminder that we were here to compete on a world level. It was an honor to participate in this competition because teams can not register on their own, they must be chosen..
Although our entire team was not able to attend the performance, we managed to amaze the judges and the crowd, and left the stage feeling accomplished and proud. Although we were unsure of the outcome, we were proud of the opportunity to compete against the best of the best from around the globe. It was a triumph and a shock to us that the performance award went to our team.
After our performance, the crowd erupted in cheers, along with the parents and family members that attended the event with us. The entire event was live streamed on the competition website and we all had many families and friends watching back home. We came in third in the semi-finals, and this made us proud to be representing our city and state; we were the only team from Michigan in our division.
It was rewarding to see the four years of hard work with the Fever Dance Troupe as they prepared for competition with so much discipline. Despite the dancers being tired from a long journey from Detroit to the competition; when they hit the stage they were electrifying. The commentators had nothing but praise for the team, boasting about their energy level and how the diversity of the team stood out from other teams . By the end of the evening, we were given the honor of being named one of the top five novice dance teams in the world, which was a huge accomplishment.
I have always worked hard as an instructor to give our students the extra push they need to feel confident and proud of themselves as dancers, no matter their color, shape or size. We learn as a group about proper etiquette when dealing with other teams at competition. We are supportive of each other first, and competitive second. The Fever Dance Troupe knows the importance of giving your all and doing your best and knowing that winning isn't everything. But now that we have had our first opportunity to compete with such an elite set of dancers, the Fever Dance Troupe has shown our community how far we have come and that we are able to show the world what we are capable of.