The Travelling Pixie in Hong Kong
Sign8ture Dance Crew – Summer 2012
The 8 of us (hence Sign8ture) were joined to enter a university dance competition in Summer 2012 under the same enthusiasm for dance. We’re not the best of dancers, we’re not the most talented, but I do believe that we are one of the most hard working ones. Juggling between university, internship placements and dance, the 8 of us were determined to do our best on stage.
We spent 2 months on hardcore rehearsals and training for a 3-minute routine, having almost daily rehearsals from 8pm to midnight, sometimes from 10pm to 1am, but we’ve never had a moment of weakness nor any moment where we wanted to give up because our team spirit was simply so strong.
It was one of the best summer holidays I’ve ever had, for me, it was simply full of dance, classes and rehearsals. Plus I got a surprise birthday celebration with my crew mates inside the dance studio after an exhausting evening of rehearsals. It was one of the most heart warming moments of my life :’).
The day of the competition, we travelled early in the morning from Hong Kong to Macau, to settle in, to get ready and to rehearse. Not only the 8 of us went, but close friends (and some of their boyfriends!) helping us out the whole day, buying takeaway and water for us.
The actual moment we were on stage was so magical. It was the first ever dance competition I’ve entered, and it will probably be my last. Being on stage for a dance competition made me realise that dance competitions were probably not for me. I enjoy the moment of performance so much more than the pressure of being in a competition with others! I have to say that I was so panic-stricken that I couldn’t do my best on stage, and I felt soooooo sorry, but, being on stage with every one of my crew mates were one of the best experiences I’ve had in life.
After the competition ended, we enjoyed the rest of our night joining the clubbing event held at the same venue as the dance competition – Club Cubic in Macau. We didn’t get a place in the competition, but I do believe that it’s not about the results but about the process that we’ve been through.
The two months of hard work brought all of us closer together, what we’ve learnt is more than just simply dance moves and formation, but a very important aspect of life – spirit and aspirations. We have grown so close these two months that for the first time in my life, I felt like this crew was my family – a very wonderful family with beautiful souls.
I feel so grateful to have all of you in my life, and although we’re in different parts of the world, and we don’t get to meet up often, you’ll always be in my heart! You all are one of the most beautiful souls I’ve met in my life, and I just wanted to say I miss you all so much! – we need a reunion soon okay? x