New Varsity experiences have always been an overwhelming thought. Hell, Varsity itself is an overwhelming thought! You are all alone in this gigantic city-like space with no one to help you but your good old self. For me it was a scary thought as I was extremely comfortable in my small home town with my home friends.
I was the only one out of my circle of friends to go off to university. So upon my arrival I felt very much alone. O-Week was a very exciting experience as I got to see all of sort of societies that sparked my interests. I struggled to find something perfect for me, so I signed up for a lot of societies, ballroom of course being one of them. The free lessons were an amazing experience as I got to see the gist of where the society would take me without having to worry about the costs. So I jumped on the dance train and here I am 1 year later with all my expectations blown away.
The key elements I can take away from my joy ride are all the amazing friends I made. My progression and ability to get better at my dance always came second. For the first time in my life, coming from an independent background, I found myself depending on someone else – and I have grown very fondly proud of my dance partner.
Medal Test was the first event testing our wits when it came to everything we had learnt in dance classes. The constant practicing for this event was a great deal of fun and made my bonds with my friends very strong. Medal Tests gave me my first sense of reward in my dance career and nothing topped that until we travelled to intervarsity.
The hype of the year had everyone excited and in hysterics, as Intervarsity followed this in August. Shaking with nerves and scared of the competition, we as beginners were very intimidated. After the first round of ballroom and Latin, we all pretty much made it through and the adrenaline of the competition just got real. At the end of the day we came second and the team spirit filled up the bus on the way home.
Following an explosive weekend of dance was our annual Showcase, where we would all show off our moves in choreographed numbers. Showcase was definitely the most time consuming event, and practice and dedication were most important. However, the feeling of performing something that you have worked hard for in a partnership was something I started to get addicted to.
The constant action and activity of being involved in the society is impressive … considering that I had joined 5 other societies! However, I must admit, from a non-biased point of view, that the ballroom society was truly worth my money. The monthly socials were an awesome way to make plenty of friends who were also eager to meet me. I must say that I was also quite lucky to have such an active bunch of friends who were always so eager meet up outside of ballroom.
The most extravagant event was by far the formal. We all got to dress up super formal and spend an entire night of dance. The venue was decorated to its fullest and the food was to die for. I found it extremely funny how much food the girls were able to stomach, and still go back for dessert!
All in all I can say that this year has been an adventure varsity wise. I have had extremely exciting peaks and very stressful valleys. I always had ballroom as a stress escape that enabled me to just forget about varsity as a whole. The feeling of belonging is something rare to find in a society, and the Ballroom and Latin Society definitely had it for me. I had an amazing year experience and cannot wait to run off to the Ballroom stand in O-Week and sign up for another amazing year of adventure!
- Grant Wilson (2016)