Last reflection on Culturama:
Overall Thoughts and feelings:
I’m so proud of how the show turned out. It was a huge success and everyone that came to watch thoroughly enjoyed it. I can say Culturama was one of the best experiences I have ever taken part in and it has been an amazing learning journey. I’m going to miss my dance group especially the grade 12s and I’ve made some really great friendships throughout this journey.
- What was it about this activity that I found challenging/difficult?
I’m not a dancer and I’ve never been apart of a dance show at school before so this year I found it hard to learn the steps and be able to perform them as best as I can. This is the first year I got into Culturama as well as the first year I’ve taken part in any dance showcase.
- What risks have I taken as part of this activity?
I have performed a dance which I haven’t done in any recent years. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and taken a chance with such a big event. I’m very glad I took this risk because I realised that I am a lot better at dancing than I thought I was.
- What actions did I take to overcome these challenges?
I practised, practised and practised. Even when the practise was over, another one of my friends from the dance and I would practise every Tuesday afterschool for 30 minutes to ensure that us non-dancers were able to perform the entire dance to the best of our abilities.
- Were there challenges that I could not overcome? Why/why not?
I still managed to mess up in the final show, as you can see in the video, I skipped one of the steps. I was unable to completely perfect the steps because I am not a dancer but I am still proud of myself as I managed to perform without any terribly obvious mistakes.
- How will approach a challenge like this in the future?
I will just have to continue to work hard and work even harder for the next dancer I take part in or in any performance I take part in, in the future.
- What new skills have I developed in this activity?
I have developed my confidence skills and now I feel a lot more comfortable when performing on stage.
- How did I measure my improvement?
During the first show (5:30) I was very nervous, my heart was racing but by the second show, I was a lot more calm and collected. I didn’t feel nervous at all for the second show although most of my friends were watching, my friends from Dover (the other campus) and my parents were watching!
- Why were some skills easier to develop than others?
Some skills that I enhanced, skills I already had, were easier to develop like my confidence on stage was easier than developing my dancing capabilities as that was a newer skill for me therefore it took longer to perfect and was harder to get the hang of.
- How important were the skills I developed to achieving success in this activity?
It was essential that I gained confidence because if I wasn’t confident enough I would have dropped out and would have not been able to perform during the show.
- How can I use the skills I developed in this activity in other areas of my life?
By my newly developed skills, I now have more opportunities to participate in other dance shows such as Kahaani and Dance Showcase as well as Culturama again to keep up with my dancing as it is a new found hobby!
Learning Objective 2 -CHALLENGE (Undertaken new challenges)/NEW SKILLS (Developing new skills)