Prior to last September, I had never entered a skating competition. My previous coaches tried to (unsuccessfully) convince me to skate in singles and gain experience, but I didn't want to at the time. Many additional coaches and skaters tried to tell me that competitions would be a great way for me get used to having an audience.
Once I told them that I was also a musician and have performed countless times in front of audiences, they stopped bothering me. I've played on stage, football fields (granted, with 300 other musicians as part of my college's marching band), the beach, churches, beautiful buildings and other venues. Although I love performing, I always find that it's more fun when I perform with a friend.
Last September, my friend K and I skated a duet at a competition. She and I dressed up in 80s gear (complete with neon jelly bracelets) and hammed it out in front of the crowd. I had a fantastic time and almost forgot that we were actually at a competition.
This year, we're planning on skating another duet. I'm going to keep the theme a secret for now so I don't ruin the surprise when I finally post a video. Let's just say that this is something that should entertain the judges. We're working on the choreography right now.
And for your viewing pleasure, here is our program from last year. I am the one with the dark hair - the clockwise jumper/spinner.
Hope you had a great 4th of July holiday!