Welcome to my first blog post!
Last year at a competition in Comox called NIFPA (North Island Festival of Performing Arts) I was invited to go as an alternate to Fort St. John for the British Columbia performing arts provincial competition. I was so happy, because I got to go with two of my best friends and even more because I would get to go on my first airplane! It was they day we were leaving, I was so excited but kind of nervous at the same time. We got on a small plane filled with all people from my dance studio and only a few other passengers. I got to sit beside my friend Kaitlyn. The plane ride was incredible! Everyone and everything looked to tiny and I felt a giant!. Looking down at the mountains, sitting in a warm comfortable chair, playing games with my friend, it was all so fun and amazing.
When we got to Fort St. John we took a shuttle bus straight to our really nice hotel. Once we got settled in we went out with all the people from my dance studio (about 10 kids and 7 parents) and explored the town. It’s very flat, dry and cold but it was still really nice there! Later we all went out and had dinner together.
The next day the competition started. I did not perform until the last day but I did workshops every other day. Since my friends and I were all there for different styles of dance, we didn’t have any workshops together. The first workshop was a contemporary one. There were lots of people from age 11 to age 18. I didn’t know anyone but I met a girl named Brielle when we were asked to partner up. She was the only other 11 year old there and came all the way from Prince George.
On our last day there I finally got to perform my jazz solo. It went very well, in fact I think it was the best time I ever did it! It was really fun to watch all of my friends dance too and cheer them on from backstage and the audience.
The next morning sadly we had to leave. We had to wake up at 3:00 AM for our flight! I was so tired I fell asleep on the plane. Even though it was really fun there, I was glad to be home. Overall, it was a great experience and I’m hoping to go to the next provincial competition in Kamloops this upcoming year.
Thanks for reading. Have you ever been to Fort St. John? Or been to any type of provincial competition?