My Dance Journey!

Hello everyone,

I am back again with another blog post and today I want to chat about my dancing journey.

I’ve been dancing since I was a child, but it wasn’t until November 2017 that I got back in the dance studio part-time. One of the reasons why I finally decided to get over stage fright and attend dance class was because of a friendship breakup. Last year I went through a friendship breakup with a friend who was like family to me, so I needed a distraction. I’ve been following a dance studio Instagram account for a few months and they offer Kpop classes. As you guys know, I love absolutely love Kpop and I love to learn the choreography. One day I saw they are offering a six-week course for the Blackpink song, “As If It’s Your Last”.

I knew this is the perfect opportunity because I was obsessed with the song and I’ve been wanting to learn the dance for a long time. The price of the course package was around $125 and it was worth the price. At the end of the course, a cameraman came to film the dance music video and posted it on the DanceLifeX Youtube channel.

I was quite nervous the first day I started the course, I preferred to stay at the back rather than the front. The thing is I’ve always known I am a good dancer, but it’s been a while since I’ve danced and I didn’t want my teacher to watch my mistakes. As time progressed, I started to feel more confident and I started moving closer to the front. It was also helpful because I could watch myself in the mirror while I danced to see my improvement and fix any mistakes I made. I noticed a change in me when I started dancing, I became more confident in my abilities as a dancer. It also helped me to become less introverted. I am very thankful for my dance studio and the people I have met!

The last day of the course was shooting day, we all came dressed up and ready to show off our moves. I was on a team with two people and we rehearsed a little bit before it was our turn to perform. Our turn came and we filmed the dance twice, the first take I messed up a bit because it was my first time being in front of the camera. The second take was much better and I felt even more confident. If you are curious to watch the video, I will add it below this text. I am the girl with the floweral shirt and long black hair!

This is not the end of my dance journey, in fact, this is only the beginning. In January, I joined another six-week dance course for BTS’s song, “Mic Drop”.  I noticed a major difference in me when I started the course. I was always at the front of the class close to my teacher because I felt confident enough to dance in front of all the other students. My dance technique improved and my moves were sharper. This course offered a new challenge, formations. Dance formations are very popular in Kpop dancing and they can be quite challenging. We didn’t have the opportunity to practice longer to perfect the formations but we did our best. Filming day was fun and super busy, we shot the dance music video in one take. My facial expressions were better and I made more eye contact with the camera. I will add this video as well when the video starts I am part of the third teams that are shown and I am in the center.

Now, what’s next? Well, I am currently training for my first dance recital that’ll take place in June. As you can see I went from staying at the back of the class to training for my first dance performance. I feel super proud of my progress, and I can’t wait to continue. I’ve always wanted to get back to dance but something always stopped me. Never let fear limit your abilities, on the other side of fear is a brand new life.

Thank you for reading and I will see you tomorrow for Music Monday 🙂

 

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My First Cosplay Experience!

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to my blog!

Today I want to share with you something I did that was very exciting for me and that is my first cosplay experience. I am turning thirty next year and I have a list of things I would like to do before this big milestone.

I started going to conventions when I was fourteen and I stopped when I was seventeen. However, I always heard about Comic-Con and in 2014 I decided to go and see what the fuss is about. Let’s just say to this day I look forward to March to attend Comic-Con and it is always so much fun.

I am an artsy person, but when it comes to designing or creating my own outfits that is something I cannot do. I always pay close attention to the details and hard work cosplayers put into creating their costumes. Kudos to them because they are rockin’ it! On the other hand, I bought my costume from eBay for a special Halloween photoshoot last year. When I was done with the photoshoot I didn’t know when I’ll wear the costume again, so I decided it is time to cosplay for the first time. The only thing I needed was a wig, everything else I had in my possession. If you are wondering who I cosplayed as it was none other than Daenerys Targaryen (in the blue costume) from Game of Thrones.

The day of attending Comic-Con arrived fast and my friend and I got ready early in the morning. My friend dressed up as Sailor Jupiter, it was also her first time cosplaying. After we were done, we rushed to the train station and we were on our way. I felt lots of excitement, this is something I’ve wanted to do for 14 years and I felt really happy to finally make it a reality. We attended Comic-Con on a Saturday so there were many people there. The coolest thing about this experience was people asking to take pictures with me or of me. I’m not going to lie, I did feel like a celebrity. I thought I would feel weird being dressed up, but there are so many people there who will compliment you. We were all there to have fun and no one will make fun of you or criticize you.

As I was strolling around the convention center, I stumbled upon Game of Thrones cosplayers. They were part of a group called CosParty who pick themes and cosplays. Later on that day I found out they were on a popular Canadian talk show. Talk about being lucky. They invited me to join them for some photos in the lobby, and then for a professional photo shoot on the balcony of the convention center.

It was an amazing experience and I am actually going to cosplay again for FanExpo as my favorite DC Comics character, Catwoman.

In conclusion, just be yourself and do what makes you happy. If you like to cosplay but you’ve never tried, just do it. You’ll have a blast.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Music March! Late 90s Week|New Rascals – You Get What You Give!

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Late 90s Week, today I will be introducing New Rascals and their song “You Get What You Give”.

They are an American alternative rock band active from 1997 to 1999. The lead singer Gregg Alexander has written and produced all the songs. On July 12, 1999 Gregg announced the group will be breaking up for good.

Their hot single You Get What You Give was released in 1998 and it reached number five in the United Kingdom and number one in Canada and New Zealand.

Let me know what you think about the song in the comments section!

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Music March! Kpop Week|Gugudan – The Boots.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Kpop Week!

Today I’ll be introducing Gugudan and their song “The Boots”.

Gugudan is a South Korean girl group who debuted on June 28, 2016 under Jellyfish Entertainment! Their new song has a catchy chorus and a signature dance move that many Kpop fans will be recreating.

With that being said I think this concept suits the girls better, in the future they should pull away from the cutesy concepts. I think this song is good start in the right direction for the group and I hope their entertainment company sticks with this concept.

What do you guys think about this song? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Music March! Kpop Week|Mamamoo – Paint Me.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Kpop Week!

Today I will be introducing MAMAMOO and their song “Paint” from their sixth mini album.

MAMAMOO debuted in 2014 and according to critics it was considered on the best Kpop debuts of 2014. The group consists of four members, Solar, Moonbyun, Wheein, and Hwasa.

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I like to refer to MAMAMOO as a vocal power house, to me these girls have the best vocals in the Kpop industry or the best girl group with powerful vocals. “Paint Me” is a passionate pop ballad, the piano instrumentals and their vocals are enough to make this song complete. In the music video the girls are wearing four colors which are to represent the colors and stages of a relationship. White represents the uneventful period before meeting, yellow reflects the happiness that came with love, red refers to the passion, and blue stands in for the tears that arrived during hardships.

This is a beautiful and soulful song, and I think we need that more in Kpop.

Let me know what you think about the song in the comments section.

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Music March! Kpop Week. Momoland – Boom Boom.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music March and welcome to Kpop week!

Today’s song choice is Bboom Bboom by Momoland.

Momoland is a South Korean girl group who debuted on November 10, 2016, with the EP Welcome to Momoland. The group was formed from Mnet’s survival program Finding Momoland a reality show where a group of seven members was selected from 10 trainees. The group consists of nine members, Hyebin, Yeonwoo, Jane, Taeha, Nayun, Daisy, JooE, Ahin, and Nancy.

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Their new song Bboom Bboom has taken over South Korea and everyone is singing and dancing to this song. It’s a catchy tune and signature dance moves prove that this single is new “Gee”. 

I think these girls have a bright future ahead of them. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Music March! Indie Week

Hello everyone,

It looks like I let my responsibilities in my personal life take over, therefore, that is why I haven’t posted anything from Thursday to today. My apologies, that’s why today I will post the Indie songs I’ve chosen for Thursday to Sunday in today’s post.

Rest assured this won’t happen next week with my Kpop countdown!

Now let’s begin.

Thursday

Young Mister is a US-based singer and songwriter accompanied by a band of talented musicians from across the southeast United States. He travels from coast to coast to build a fanbase. This song has a fresh sound with strong and expressive vocals.

Friday 

Tom Speight is a London-based singer and songwriter, there isn’t too much information regarding him and his work. However, he seems to go on tour a lot and always works hard to release new music. This is an upbeat, and happy song about running away with a lover and having an adventure.

Saturday

Wildermiss is an indie rock band based out of Denver, CO. Emma Cole (Vocals/Keys) joins past Red Fox Run members Josh Hester, Seth Beamer, and Caleb Thoemke to create music that has a retro upbeat energy.

Sunday

According to this musician’s website, this is what is stated in the bio section:

SYML is the moodier solo venture of Barcelona frontman and Seattle native Brian Fennell. As SYML, Fennell is more textural and sensory than Barcelona’s piano rock, framing his quiet, introspective songwriting in low-key synth-augmented soundscapes with austere piano parts and spectral vocals.

I hope you enjoyed these songs and my apologies for falling behind the posting schedule, this won’t happen next week. Also, next week is Kpop week, so Kpop lovers stay tuned for this.

See you soon!