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CAS Reflection: Activity (Kahaani) – Reflection 2

CAS Reflection: Activity

Kahaani 2019 West India

Reflection 2

 

Learning Outcome(s):

4. Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences. Students can articulate the stages from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experience or series of CAS experiences

 

Now that Kahaani has come to an end, I’m honestly quite sad because though I struggled quite a bit, it was a really memorable experience for my friends and I.

 

There were challenges I had to undertake personally, such as having to learn a dance by myself over the December break as well as working on the second dance which the whole group does. Additionally, the dance leaders of our group had to change our last dance at the last minute due to complications with the song, so our entire group including the leaders had to learn a new choreography for the last dance. Though it used similar steps from what it was previously, it was so much faster and all of us were struggling with it.

 

We didn’t have much time left until the day of the show though, so after school every single day, I began using the videos we shot during practice to perfect the moves just like how I learned the first dance. Although, it took me a lot longer and a lot more hard work to try and remember this dance due to its fast tempo and upbeat choreography, but I did it.

 

I think that after this experience, I’ve really combatted my stage fright, so much so that even my University Advisor told me that I had really become much more outgoing and bold. I was nervous for Kahaani just like I was for Culturama, however for different reasons. In Culturama I was nervous because it was my first time going on stage. On the other hand, I was nervous in Kahaani mostly due to the fact that the audience was actually seated directly in front of where we were dancing as we were performing in the main hall rather than the auditorium. It can be a little nerve-wracking and distracting because I could see and recognise almost everyone I saw, but when it actually came to the real performance, I managed to swallow my nerves and really have fun. Even if I made a small mistake I could just laugh it off and continue having a great time.

part of the final performance

CAS Reflection: Activity (Culturama) – Reflection 2

CAS Reflection: Activity

Culturama 2018 Ghana

Reflection 2

 

Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Show commitment to and perseverance in your CAS experiences.

 

After many weeks of preparation, the final week of performances arrived and I’m honestly really happy with the results. With all the practices and changes with formation and positioning, I believe that we were all able to give a great performance, and we all had so much fun while doing so too!

From watching the video back, I can already see a lot more confidence in the way I’m moving and I’m really glad about that. As I mentioned in my first reflection, I found it tricky to keep up with the rest of the other dancers as well as the fact that I got nervous frequently while dancing. I would say that by dedicating myself to running through the steps frequently with my friends helped me build up my confidence. Additionally, once I started becoming more comfortable with the moves, I began having a lot more fun at each practice session since I wasn’t as worried about making mistakes.

This in turn allowed me to become more comfortable with performing on stage, especially during our first dress rehearsal. During this rehearsal, we had to run through all the countries’ performances in front of the entire cast as we were all working on positioning and order/run throughs. Hearing the applause as well as the constructive criticism from those who weren’t a part of Ghana’s dance helped with building my confidence on stage to a point where I became unafraid of performing in front of large audiences. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed being near the front for one section of the dance whereas prior to this moment I was completely dreading the thought of being in front.

The entire experience of Culturama was tiring, yet incredible for me as it allowed me to work towards overcoming some of my weaknesses as well as letting me try out an activity which I’ve always admired and been curious about. Even though this experience doesn’t make me a dancer, I still have gained a much deeper appreciation for dancing than I thought I ever could by acknowledging the amount of preparation and how physically taxing it can be at times. Overall, I’m really glad I got the opportunity to take part this year and I’m even thinking of doing so next year if I’m able to make the time for it!