When you miss dancing and you can’t squeeze in dance sessions into your busy schedule because a) you’re super busy and b) there are no studios that offer dance classes (or the genre that you want at least) in your city, you become very thankful for opportunities that allow you to strut your stuff on the dance floor. That probably sums up why I made sure that I’ll be able to dance in Shadows Manila’s segment for Touchdown : [Shadows] 14th Year Homecoming Dance Concert held last February 28, 2014 at the University of the Philippines Baguio Auditorium. 🙂
We (the alumni) were very ecstatic to be in Baguio again. The place holds a lot of good memories for all of us; we even took turns in sharing stories about experiences (both happy and scary). When we arrived in Baguio, we were too excited we totally forgot about sleep. Come sunrise, we started to practice and polish our steps. Before we knew it, it was time to prepare for brunch and then rehearsals at the venue. We struggled a bit because it was hard to dance and breathe in cold air. We weren’t used to the cold Baguio air anymore. After a few repeats, however, we nailed the dances and we were good to go.
We sat in the front row because we wanted to see everything. When the concert began, we squirmed in excitement. It was like we were back to our college selves again. We cheered with every dance, and when it was our turn, we made sure that we gave our all in the performance. It was so nice to be back on the dance floor… where it all began.
It was not just a celebration of Shadows’ 14th anniversary; it was also a reunion for members who’ve been spread across the globe because of work, school, and other reasons. It was nice to see faces both old and new. Indeed, Shadows has become one big family with batch 26 as the youngest.
We left Baguio feeling energized and ready to face the tasks and responsibilities that were waiting for us in our respective cities (and countries). I guess that’s the thing about dance – it bridges gaps and brings people closer together. No matter how far we are from each other, our hearts will always beat as one. Once Shadows, always Shadows. We are more than just a dance group. We’re a family. 🙂
One dance. Once chance. One family. Shadows.