Wednesday, August 18, 2010

it's time for debbie to get her mojo ready.....

...her hula mojo that is.

This weekend is a very special event for those of us in Nagasaki City who belong to the Kyushu Hula Association.  Our annual Hula Festival will be on Saturday and, thanks to an incredible number of groups who are going to dance, also on Sunday.  Over 100 different groups are getting ready for their 5-8 minutes of fame.
It's a big day that we have all worked very hard to get ready for.

It's exciting....and for me, also nerve-wracking.

Getting on stage in front of 1,000 or so people who just enjoy watching the dance is one thing, but....add another, say, 800 women who know the dances and are watching for the mistakes?  Yeah.  That makes me wanna throw up a little.

So...for the next couple of days, I'm going to be desperately seeking some hula mojo to help me through this.  Though I come across as being a very confident, self-assured, super-woman (of sorts) kind of person,  I'm also....a big ole' scaredy-cat.

I have to admit that it takes everything I have to walk out on stage and remember, not only the dance steps for the next 5-8 minutes, but also my name!

So...that said....
I have my ticket.

 I have the dress.

 There are the flowers for my hair.

 And a lei to match.

Technically....I'm ready.

When I first started doing hula 6 years ago, I didn't tell many people. 
For awhile, it was something that was....just mine. 
Hula was not only something that I had wanted to do for a long time, it was also something that helped me keep my shit together.  Life is hard and having something you can count on to be there on a regular basis helps to keep everything else in focus. 

That is hula, for me.

I have downloaded a video of the dance my group and I will be performing on Saturday. 
Whenever we learn a new dance, I come home and have the K-Man video it to
help me remember the steps.
This is from a few months ago...I guarantee that I've improved...that's what is nice about recording the dances.....I can watch them and I can see where I made the mistakes...kind of like the way my brother, the football coach, makes his boys watch their games to see what they did that was good and/or bad.

Please be's far from perfect....but, it's helping me get my mojo going!

From HulaMay'10

I've been practicing this particular dance since May.
I'm ready.
I can do this.
Bring on those 5-8 minutes.


Janet said...

Go girl! You'll be fabo!!!

Nancy said...

OMG, that video is awesome! I never knew!

Well, I knew you hula, but never saw a video .... those hips flow like warm bud-da!

You rawk ... I'm jealous in a good way! lol

Can't wait to see the group all dressed up!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am in absolute awe of your awesomeness.
You can hula???

You are so graceful and pretty while dancing..even when you shot your husband. :)
You are going to do really good....I know you will.

Have fun!!!

smalltownmom said...

It's going to be fabulous!

sherry said...

Hula mojo! Wowzer there Debbie. I am in awe.

San said...

Love, love, love your hula video. Don't be nervous. You own it girlfriend.

Someday I'll tell you about the aerobic dance routine I once performed in a shopping center parking lot while wearing a thong leotard. (Yes, really =)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You look beautiful--and you know how to work the hips.

Have fun!

Susan said...

I know you will be fabulous, dahling!

ChiTown Girl said...

OMG!! I'm SO impressed!! You are AMAZING! That's just so cool. I don't know what you're so worried about. You're gonna rule the festival.

jan in nagasaki said...

mojo in the air...

it's gonna be a hot one on saturday... 35 in the forecast DAMN!!!!!

see ya!!

Yarni Gras! said...

you looked great!!! have fun!!!