For six years I have been dreaming of some day meeting my dance idol, Yulia Zagoruychenko. This weekend was by far one of the best I’ve ever had and I’m still reeling from the experience. It feel so unreal but then I look at the pictures I took and realize that IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
Yesterday, I watched Yulia and Riccardo a showcase with all five dances and I ended up in tears due to their incredibly emotional rumba (and the fact that I was majorly fangirling…). I seriously thought it couldn’t get better than seeing them preform mere feet away from me, but then today happened!
I attended all three of their workshops today and am tired and a little achey, but I wouldn’t have passed up the experience for anything. During the first workshop, a lady’s styling one with just Yulia, she actually talked directly to me about my rumba walks and keeping my balance. She made eye contact with me and she smiled and she talked directly to me! That may have been what caused me to lose my balance…
In between the workshops I even got to talk to her about what else she does to supplement her dancing and what she would recommend other dancers do too.
And at the end, even though Y&R had to leave quickly and catch their plane (and I didn’t get an individual picture :( ), we took a group photo and I was standing right next to her.
Also, I have a lot more respect for Riccardo after this experience. I guess I just never really noticed him very much before (I mean, he dances with YULIA) but he is incredibly talented and a genuinely great guy.
I’m not coming back down to earth anytime soon. I really just can’t believe this weekend was real.
I’m going to go watch all the YouTube videos of them I can find. Again.