I love to visit places I have never been before, and do things I never imagined I’d do. I had the privilege to travel with my high school dance team last year on March 20, 2009. It was my Junior year, and we got a bid to nationals located in Disney World Florida. I was honored to go, we stayed at the All Stars Sports Resort. I had so much fun swimming in the pool and riding all the scary rides. For some it was there first time in Florida, for me my second. I was glad to be the tour guide, and to see everyone so joyful when we finally seen Mickey Mouse.
We danced at the World of Sports Stadium, in front of hundreds of people. My heart raced as I walked on the floor and seen the cameras, I left my heart on the dance floor. My adrenaline was so intense that I could not stop shaking. We waited for two hours for our results. Finally, all the teams sat on the floor as we awaited our results. After giving many awards out and seeing teams cry we head, “Second place, Prairie View High School!” I had never been so proud of myself. I felt like I could fly, it was the biggest achievement of my seventeen years of life. Our coaches we so excited for us, and our parents back home were rooting for us all the way. We carried our trophy all the way back to the hotel taking turns holding it. AmeriDance, the company hosting the competition, had an after party at Hollywood Studios. Dancers and Cheerleaders were the only people invited. They basically shut down the park for us. There was a DJ and we all danced the night away. I met dancers from Puerto Rico, France and Venezuela! It was so interesting because they all brought different dance techniques and music that I had never seen nor heard.
I learned so much from traveling with thirteen girls. We roomed together for five days, so we gained knowledge of things we never knew about each other. I learned to live my life to the fullest, and not worry about what you can’t change. I was taught to appreciate the people in your life because they are your biggest fans. It was a great eye opener, I became more grateful for my parents, because I didn’t have them for five long days. My relationships blossomed because I wasn’t afraid to be myself anymore. More importantly I discovered a bond of sisterhood that will never be broken. I learned a lot from my teammates, somewhere between the late night conversations, pranks on our coaches, and the blood sweat and tears together we all became best friends. I will never forget waiting in the Atlanta airport, due to our five hour layover just to get home, or missing each other once we were back at home. This trip brought me more independence and the confidence to know that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
“Dream do come true” –Walt Disney
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