Anonymous said: What days/hours are UFP and UFPx practices now?
Please refer to our previous post where we answered this question already.
ANIKA WHYY. I’M LIKE BAWLING MY EYES OUT.
This girl pretty much said it all. Like freakin a. I can’t even begin to type out how much I love these people, this group, this family.
UGH DAMNIT. I can’t deal with this…it’s late and I’m hormonal af right now (sorry, tmi). But I’ve danced with like half these people from the last season of Fr3sh Jrs, up until this past 3rd season with UFP…and I know I’ve said this countless times, but they are some of the most talented and passionate people I have ever met in my life.
I remember this one time, one of my co workers was talking about partying and asked what I was doing one Friday night…I simply said, “I have dance practice”. She responded with, “you have practice every single Friday night???”. And once I said yes she replied with, “what do you do with your life!?”. And you know…a response like that didn’t bother me. It’s astonishing to realize that I’ve spent almost every Friday and Sunday night with these people for the past two years…and every Wednesday night and Saturday the two years prior to that. To outsiders, it seems like a waste of time and people wonder how one can stand giving up their Fridays or Sundays or Wednesdays or Saturdays just for dance. But it didn’t feel like I was sacrificing anything at all. Being with this family all those days throughout the year (along with additional nights just to bond and eat and hang out) made me see how much a family we really are. We’ve gone through hell and back together, but despite that, I’ve had some of the greatest times of my life with all these people on this team. We’ve formed such a bond that no one from ‘the outside’ could ever understand.
I hate writing these things cuz it’s as if I’m never gonna see these people again or as if I’m never gonna dance again (which I hope neither are the case). But when you see the same people so often for so many years and you realize that you won’t be spending every Friday and Sunday night with them for quite some time…and that you won’t be able to share the stage with the same exact people…and that you won’t be able to experience that burst of tears finding out what you all have worked your asses off for actually paid off…it just breaks my heart so bad.
Damnit. I just reread that last line and died a little. I don’t even know what else to say.
Ugh I can’t take myself anymore. I’ll just end it at…I LOVE UFP. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE UFP.
Fuck ‘em on three.
You bitches better still invite me to eat when you go to Denny’s/IHOP/Teppanyaki.
This evening was a milestone in my history. I was never one to feel like I’ve ever belonged anywhere, at most even welcomed. It’s been always difficult for me to open up in a way I could connect with others on a level beyond “friends”. But these people cordially invited me into their family, a family I don’t think any of us thought could exist- not until this specific evening occurred. I cannot even begin to conjure up a list of adjectives describing the love, the chemistry, and the sweetness of hard work that flooded that Rutger’s stage. I don’t think I cried only because we won as an underdog team. I think I also cried as the result of the gladness in my heart- the warmth I felt knowing I am a member of UFP. The sweetest, most unexpected blessing that could have come my way. I really didn’t think my love for dance was all that serious, really. But sharing this stage with these people? I felt like I could dance forever….but only if I could do it with them.
Truth be told, I really hate getting too familiar with people. Building relationships is still a kind of foreign concept to me and in those days, I was always too swallowed up in my own world to ever share it with anyone else. But the funny thing is, as my world evolved, it started to look a lot like theirs. And at my tipping point for my love for dance, it was practically inevitable to not share it with these Ugly Fat People. I wasn’t best friends with everybody on the team— but I was able to relate to each individual in a way I don’t normally connect with others. I really didn’t think people existed like that in this world, I’m usually a tough nut to crack. But it wasn’t long before I found myself drowning my life with all of you. You guys not only filled me weekends with laughter, but also my weekdays with practice. UFP kept me occupied in the best way one could possibly be occupied- doing what I love with the people I love the most.
I laugh re-reading that paragraph. Because looking back on it, I never had people to run to. But now, I don’t just have people to run to. I have a family. They’re my friends to hold. Friends to have inside jokes with. Friends to eat with. To love. To give a shit about. DAMMIT, just friends in general. And I know friends is a very vague noun, but if only you knew how unfamiliar that concept was to me.
And thus my loyalty remains with UFP. You all literally changed my life. I am seriously not who I am today without a piece of everyone’s character contributing to the molding of my own. Everyone has fed my flame for dance. To the ruthless competition for spots to the competitions themselves, the drive in that studio has lead me to pursue personal growth as a dancer…in hopes to contribute my 110% for the team. I’ve finally found my place in this world and there was no way I ever wanted to simply just be a part of it. Anyone could be a part of anything. I wanted to be a piece of it. A piece that would always follow the legacy. Because that’s what families do.
And I think that would be my message to the new members of UFP Season 4. Be a piece of the team. Be a body part to this entity. Do not simply hold the name of UFP under yours. It is honestly more than just dancing in that studio and performing on those stages. We practice an art. That art is equally pursued by the passions every dancer possesses. Genuinely love this art with them and you will find yourself leaving a piece of you in this team. We are all individuals that carry our own personal dreams. But when we carry the weight of being a team member, we are able to mold into one. We find unity in our differences. And that makes us unbelievably similar.
So I bid my see you later’s to this splendid team. I will cry a river for any of you. Please, let’s be friends for life. It would be a shame to have met you all and have come this far to only get this far. I know I’m a goofy girl, but this is the real shit man. I love you all.
ps. there is so much more in my heart I want to say. But I will save that for a later date when I’ve found the words for it.
Anonymous said: What days are UFPx rehearsals on?
Days of rehearsals will be changing for both company and x.
The tentative rehearsal schedule will be as follows
Friday -730pm - 1030pm
Saturday 5pm - 8 pm
Thursday 7pm - 10pm
Saturday 1pm - 4pm