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

Our group chat has been on fire this week. Costume ideas, rehearsal questions, soooo many pics of fancy boots (that’s my fault) and hilarious gifs of people shaking their booty or falling over on stage. We ‘Boogie Virgins’ are nervous, uncertain of what to expect on Saturday night.

Monday night’s hot-and-sweaty rehearsal at Chasers nightclub was a real eye-opener. We’re definitely the amateurs of the amateurs. The other routines were longer than ours and a lot of the chorey appeared waaaay more complicated. It was amazing to see what the experienced Boogie-ers could achieve up there on the stage. Although we felt a bit silly with our short and simple routines, everyone was super-encouraging and our aforementioned ‘sexy moves’ brought cheers and claps from the audience. Great for our confidence!

As usual, rehearsal was a lot of laughs. When we stuffed up on, we laughed at ourselves, when we watched the other dances, we laughed with the joy of it, (and when we found the wall glowing with neon penises, we laughed even more!)

Kim and Sarah – rehearsal giggles

Other than watching all the routines and chatting to our fellow dancers, I found it incredibly helpful to rehearse at the venue. We practiced in our dancing shoes (and boots), learning where to walk and stand, marking our individual spots on stage and discussing exactly how to get into the lines required for the choreography. It certainly helped to alleviate some of my ‘What? How? When?’ nerves. Like many people, I prefer to know what’s going on. I’m a complete sucker for routines and timetables; at home, my lists and spreadsheets are legendary. As a busy mum of four equally-busy kids, I like to be in control.

From this aspect, the entire ‘Boogie’ experience has been particularly challenging. I had no idea what to expect from the first class to the final rehearsal. Every week brought new friendships, new choreography, different things I could or couldn’t do. There was nowhere to hide; learning to dance wasn’t ‘safe’ or comfortable.

During the past twelve weeks, I’ve had to learn to ask for help, trust my teacher, work through mental blocks and find faith in myself.

When I look at my fellow dancers, I see a group of amazing, brave women trying something new and scary. I have to remind myself that I’m one of them. Even though we will all be nervous, (ummm, terrified…), for our first performance, I know we’ve got each other’s backs. We will encourage and support each other both on-stage and off. And, finally, once the routines are over, we will celebrate the joy of our achievements.

Still slightly freaking out!


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