Gold Rush Dancin' Mama

Thursday, February 26, 2015

VCU Gold Rush Alumnae '99-2013
This past weekend I put on my snazzy black jazz pants and dance shoes and stepped back on the Siegel Center court with the alumni of the VCU Gold Rush Dancers. It's a fairly new tradition where dancers from previous years are invited back to dance with the current team during a halftime performance. Basically, it's a chance for the old chicks to get down one more time. Re-live the glory days. Know what I'm sayin'?

Let me say this: I never thought I'd:  1.) dance on that court ever again 2.) dance, period. Last weekend was such a great experience for many reasons. I was able to see friends I hadn't seen since I graduated in 2008, I met some new ladies from years before, and I got to dance again, which was basically my life for the four years I went to VCU. The practices, the games, the appearances--everything revolved around the dance team and I practically lived at the Siegel Center. Reliving that for 48 hours was awesome. Even the sore muscles and bruises.

Circa 2008
But more importantly, Lucca got to see me dance. Ok, he probably had no clue what was going on, (in fact, he was more concerned about getting his own "ba-ba-ball") but the fact that he was there in the stands made me so happy. I was so nervous before going back on the court--completely blanking on parts of a dance that I just learned, but seconds before taking our places, I thought, "Alright, this is familiar. I can do this." And I danced my freakin' heart out for him.

When we left the court at the end of our routine I started to cry (I swear the pregnancy/new mom hormones are still lingering). I don't know why, I don't have any explanation for it other than I was just overwhelmingly happy. Yes, I freakin' cried like a little baby. It was a moment where I saw that my life has come full circle: Meeting my husband at VCU, moving away together and getting married, having a baby... and now, we're back where it all started. It was an intense flood of emotions for just coming off of a basketball court shakin' my booty and flipping my hair to Bruno Mars, but it was special. It was one of those moments I'll never forget.

I want to keep doing things like that. I want Lucca to look at me and think, "My mom is a badass". I want to show him that you can conquer your fears, squash your anxieties, and always keep doing what you love and what makes you happy. Yes, I'm a mother 100% of the time, but I'm always searching for ways to be me--who I was before I become a mama. Dancing again with my team and my girlfriends who have been such a big part of my life brought me back, and it was a great feeling.

Thank you ladies for an amazing weekend. Thank you for sharing that moment with me. I'll never forget it. I can't wait to shake it again next year...



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