I started dancing on a stage two years ago, and I could very well say that Fitness First has been very instrumental in unleashing the performer in me. The first time was the Nike Rockstar Workout Bollywood Finals, where I competed alongside two other women and one NRSW instructor. I was just a Fitness First member then and had just auditioned (and didn’t pass) for BodyJam training.
Nike Rockstar Bollywood Final
A few months later there was a smaller NRSW competition; we had the same team minus one girl, and we danced a different routine. That was to be my last competition as a member; the next week I was set to do BodyBalance training and become a group exercise instructor.
Nike Rockstar Hiphop/Dancehall Showdown
The first big event I danced at for Fitness First was the BODYCOMBAT Main Event last October. Arnold Warren, our head teacher for BODYJAM in the Philippines, had a production number planned out using Jam instructors but they were short of one girl; hence I, who was only a BODYBALANCE instructor at the time, was recruited.
BODYJAM presentation at The Main Event
I’ve also danced at mall demos since then, and even more so since I became a Jam instructor.
But last Saturday was special; it was the first time I would perform for Fitness First in a Jam production number as a Jam instructor. It was part of Fitness First’s involvement in the QTV-11 Fit Fest. Aside from contributing judges for the hi-lo aerobics marathon, Fitness First was assigned an intermission number.
BODYJAM presentation at the QTV Fit Fest
Due to last-minute negotiations our team was only informed about what we had to do very late the previous night. We only had the 6 hours before the event started to put together our presentation — from setting choreography to music, to blocking and stunts. I thank God we were able to remain calm enough to pull together; we were so close to backing out, but Jammers are professionals, too!
I feel like I’ve come a long way since my first onstage performance; definitely, the butterflies in my stomach have disappeared. Instead they’ve been replaced by armpit sweating, but that’s more easily managed. Ü Here’s to more of the same! The Asian Momentum event is coming in November…