Seattle Star Ball 2014

7 Aug

It was a hot one.   Like really hot, hot, hot.   At least by our feeble West Coast standards.  It was the kind of hot that even though we were in a chilly air conditioned ballroom, the sweat from dancing was still damp after sitting in the chill for over an hour waiting for results.  For those unfamiliar with competition etiquette, it is considered bad form to change out of costume until after the awards are presented, so after basically sprinting indoors off and on for an hour or so, the ladies pull off their shoes, the guys rip off the soaking jackets and we wait.

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Then we get really, really cold and start putting (mostly wet) clothes back on and wait some more.

If we are really smart, we take photos before the results.  Especially wise when one is moving up a category for the first time!

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We did ok in spite of feeling a bit inadequately warmed up and Bill pulling a calf muscle part way through.  We were not a bit intimidated by the idea of a floor full of faster moving Novice and Pre-Champ dancers.  Perhaps we should have been….

Nevertheless, we came 5th in Senior II Open Novice Standard (not last!) and 6th in Senior I Open Novice Standard.  Last, but with just a few non-last place marks.  This is how one adjusts expectations when moving up.  LOL.  Third in  Senior I Gold Standard which was very close to a 2nd place.  The tie had to be broken by some magical algorithm that, as it is math, I won’t attempt to explain.

Then, we take photos:

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Hair – get the hair!

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My ballroom sister Candy, also with a new dress and fancy new hair.

And then the silly photos.

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The new gown performed really well and I am excited to get working on it again – finalize the way the floats connect, get some rhinestones on the skirt and a few other little details.  should be gorgeous-er in time for The Snowball Classic.

Oh – one more thing!  Since this gown has lovely flowers in the organza over skirt and the rhinestone flowers on the top look more like fireworks, I am naming this one The Butchart Gown after the fabulous Gardens that have amazing flowers and a breathtaking fireworks display every Saturday night throughout the summer.

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3 Responses to “Seattle Star Ball 2014”

  1. Marian Condon August 7, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    BG – Your gown turned out beautifully and you look beautiful in it! Would love to include a few of the pictures from your post in my book. Am thinking of the one in which the group is laughing and hacking around, and the one that shows your and Candy’s hair. In order to use the pictures, would need written permission from everyone pictured. Can photo-edit people in the periphery out. Please email me privately (mcondon@ycp.edu) and let me know if using the pictures is permissible. If it is, I will send you consent forms via snail mail, and collect the names of everyone pictured. Thanks for considering this request..

    • bgballroom August 7, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      wow Marian – I am honoured! I will check with the people involved and get back to you asap.

  2. Audrey Bethards August 8, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Hi BG.. i read your all post and you enjoy all celebration with your all relative with new hair and makeup with all latest dress you are wearing in all pics and i think that a great enjoy you have done with all unique styles. Thanks

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