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I'm sure you'll all be glad to know I did my first paid BD gig, it went well, and my sword dance was super & very non-slippy-on-my-head! Yay!
We had to do some adjustments - tent had no sides & it was windy, so we asked & helped put up one side of the tent. That helped a lot, but there were still some wind gusts that played nuisance with our veil dances. The 5x7 stage was actually more like 3 1/2 or 4 x 10 or 12, so we had that moved to the back of the tent & just danced on our 5x7 rug on the (rather bumpy) ground. Better that way anyway, since we could go off it as needed without a 1" drop! :)
I was a bit worried about my sword dance in general & esp. with the windy. Practicing it last night & doing my one run-through today, I just wasn't finding the balance. Actual performance today though went really, really well. The sword felt very non-slippy on my head, in particular, and I even managed to do some floorwork successfully - I'd call it a sort of rolling over on the floor with a sword on my head and then standing up with it there, too, but that sounds stupid. Anyway, it looked impressive & I felt great.
Other songs were fine. My two no-prop ones were adequate, we didn't mess up our one actual duet (yay!), I think the one I zilled sounded cool, and my instructor's dances looked very fancy.
(Granted, glad to be done, but still, yay for it going well!)