Thanks a million!

​Hey guys!
So I recently realized that this blog has really grown a lot more in the last few months, and we are currently at over 1,200,000 views! This is huge deal for me, because it really means a lot to me to know that there are people out there who really enjoy reading what I write and have supported me for so long. To those of you out there, I want to extend my warmest thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks a million y’all! This is truly the best Christmas present I could have ever gotten!

I hope all of you have a warm and restful holiday break and a Merry Christmas!

Lots of love,
RitikaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜™πŸ˜™β€πŸ–’πŸŒ²

 

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The Importance of Passion

​Hi Everyone! I hope y’all are having a heart warming holiday season thus far and having fun with the holiday shopping!
This post is a little bit different. So as I took to reflecting over my experience with an arangetram, I realized that one of my biggest takeaways was that passion is really more important than technique. Not saying that technique isn’t important – just saying that you can’t let the fire of your passion burn out because you’re too focused on technique.

Story time! One of the most important experiences I had actually didn’t have anything to do with me. It was a case of friendly rivalry. So a couple dancers whom I’d known more or less got into this “I can practice more than you”  competition, and although it was just a friendly rivalry about a couple months from their debuts, one of them got some complications with her foot and could not even walk on it for a month. Not kidding, not exaggerating. Seriously. Luckily she got better in time and had a fabulous performance. But in the end, that extra extra practice, to the extent where it hurts and isn’t fun anymore doesn’t do anyone any good.

We all have times when we get hyper focused on things, and seem to suck the fun out of them. And so the biggest thing I want you guys to know is that you have to be true to yourself and keep your balance. Don’t underdo nor overdo. Love what you do and keep it that way.

Best,
Ritika ❀

A very special memory

​​Hi guys!

I hope everyone’s a great deal more rested and relaxed after a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m sorry I haven’t been updating for some time – I was unwell for a bit. To make up, I want to share something very special to me with all of you: a memory.

The few backstage minutes before my debut were a weird mix of happy, scared, excited, and nervous. I had my whole family backstage with me and I kept having flashbacks to when I was a kid and dreamed of this moment. Boy did I get jittery after that.
At one point I was almost in tears, and my teacher actually gave me one of her rare hugs and with a very inspiring speech. That managed to calm me down and cheered me quite a bit.
While in the hydraulic pit I could hear everything going on onstage – the welcome message, the introductions the item description, etc. It was probably only about 5 minutes but it felt like hours. When the pit started moving, I could feel myself trembling. And then the lights hit me all at once and I could see and hear the crowd. I remember that the music followed me all the way from the pit to the stage and had this really amazing and energizing effect on me. I was like “OK, this is happening. This is actually happening! Here goes… ”
This memory is still really important to me because it was in these moments that I realized that the dream I’d had for 12 years was finally coming to life. It was truly a magical moment!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my special memory!

See you next week! πŸ™‚