|Manas, Lea Foscati|
|Jones Wear, thrifted, new with tags, $20.00. Original price marked $80.00|
|purchased from a competition vendor|
|I wear this for showcase performances|
This picture represents a decision I am most proud of. My new friend Stacy is wearing a dress that I had purchased for myself a couple of years ago. The dress really did not flatter me and was too long. It also needed to be taken in at the waist and shoulders. It needed a lot of work to fit me. More than I was prepared to have done. I purchased the dress because I loved the color, and another of my professional favorite dancers wore a dress this color. You can see that dress in the video link below...the dance and the dress are breathtaking!
It's a striking color, but it's not a good one for me. The dress was a mistake for me. It hung in my closet and I felt terribly guilty for buying it. I purchased my pink dress and my green dress and was happy with them...but felt awful about this purchase that just didn't suit me. I toyed with selling it but hadn't decided which venue to use to sell it. Then I was approached by a male dance friend who's amateur partner was looking for a blue dress. He knew I had this dress. She tried it on and it fit her perfectly. It looks so beautiful on her, doesn't it? She's buying it and is so excited to have her first ballroom dress! I'm selling it for 25% of what I paid for it. That's the decision I'm proud of; I wanted to help make it possible for her to buy her first real ballroom dress, without gouging her budget. Quality ballroom dresses are very expensive. It's not an easy task to buy a ballroom dress! I have made many, many dress mistakes before I figured the whole thing out. There are many things to consider; color, fit, comfort, appropriateness for the dancing, noticeability on the dance floor. The dress must fit like a glove and stay put. It has to have a built in body suit to accomplish this. It has to have movement on the floor..the bottom has to twirl and swirl and float when dancing. And, a proper fitting and beautiful dress allows the dancer peace of mind on the comp floor...when it's right, it's one less thing to be distracted by. There's so much more to consider than I can write here. It's a big decision, and it's hard to find a first dress...at an affordable price.
I am an encourager. I enjoy encouraging people to achieve their goals. I love sharing information I have gleaned from my mistakes and experiences.
Can I encourage any of you to dance?