A Visit from Our Boogie Queen

Post eleven of a thirteen-part series exploring Ruth’s makeover from dorky writer to disco diva

What’s the collective noun for a group of women, high on life? A cackle of women? A gaggle of giggles? A chatter of dancers? Our arrival tonight was so noisy. With everyone talking over the top of each other, we didn’t even notice our special visitor – Tennille Chambers, the founder of Born to Boogie Dance Connection.

Tennille came to say hello and watch our dances. I imagine she has some crazy logistics to navigate in preparation for next week’s show. There are five classes, (fifty-four women and one brave, brave man), performing two dances per class. It was great to have her there as we pranced around in our boots and hats, working out the details and practicing our ‘I’m having the time of my life while secretly counting to eight’ expressions. Not only was Tennille wonderfully supportive and encouraging, her presence gave us someone to show off to. I was a little nervous, but it was good practice for next week’s show.

Next week??? Oh wow, it’s so close. The twelve weeks have just flown by.

Have I mentioned the venue is Chasers nightclub in Prahran? No doubt, some of you forty-something Melbournians will know it well. It’s been 20-odd years since I last danced there, and it sure as hell wasn’t on the stage, (although there may have been a podium involved on a couple of occasions!)

Boogie-babes rehearsing our first dance

Stage fright was a big topic of discussion. I think we’re all pretty confident with the choreography, but the inevitable self-doubts are rearing their ugly, annoying heads. Thankfully, Megan’s experience as a dancer and a teacher came to the fore as she explained how to trigger our brains and get them in sync with our bodies, without succumbing to nerves and negative self-talk. As someone who likes to understand how my mind and body work, I found her advice fascinating – and perfect to battle my inescapable pre-show freak-out.

Basically, we are in control of our mind, body and attitude. Megan and Tennille reassured us that our routines look amazing. We know the chorey and our costumes, hair and makeup are all sorted. The rest is up to us.

We need to recognise that silly little voice in our heads. The one that preys on our insecurities and holds us back from following our passions, or trying new things. We have to tell it to be quiet and go away. If we channel all we have learned for the past few weeks, trust our fellow Boogie-babes, believe in ourselves and have fun, everything will be OK. In fact, it will be better than OK. It will be an amazing, exhilarating and crazy ride. I can’t wait!

Wish us luck.


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