The first two and a half months of the year have definitely been the most stressful and clingy months for my organization and family, The Company of Ateneo Dancers. Imagine having to put together a one-night-only full-house with SRO concert of 24 dances and a whirlwind competition day of 3 dances just one week after. I can’t even begin to explain the amazing journey CADs had throughout the whole year to make it to where we are now. There were definitely a lot of bumps and bruises as we all tried to adjust to the new ways and learn from each other but yesterday proved that hard-work definitely pays off.
On a personal note, I really can’t imagine where I would be in life now if it wasn’t for CADs. Through my darkest and lowest moments, I knew I had a family of epic proportions that would move mountains to pick me up. CADs has taught me more than I can ever manage to absorb and it is definitely an honor to be able to give back to them in service and in friendship. I remember going into my sophomore year promising to myself that I won’t spend as much time with CADs and start exploring more friendships and relationships elsewhere but when you already have not just friends, but a family such as this, in one place, you’d be crazy not to invest so much time, emotion, effort and life into it.
CASCADE allowed me to see a glimpse of my life in future CADs as a stressed member of performer, production and the executive board while also being a communications major student and a human that needs food and water. No matter how stressful and exhaustive that day was, I’d gladly do it all over again. Yesterday’s competition day truly made me feel a whirlwind of emotions as I served as a makeup artist all the while hoping I was putting makeup on myself, pumping myself in preparation for my return to competitive performing. Seeing the joy in the faces of my orgmates during their dance was enough to make me feel like just as happy as I’ll ever be had I danced with them.
It’s been an amazing year for CADs and after yesterday, I’ve never felt more ready to be in even greater service to the organization that nurtured me into who I am now.
We got this.
Photo credit: Paul Ignacio, Ech Nocom, Tito Pavia, Martin Fausto, Ionne Ocampo, Justine Qui, Tito Pavia, Cathy Lopez, Benny Bernardo