Dancing… with Flags?

So, the longest job I’ve ever held was that of a Color Guard instructor.

What’s that? It’s basically dancing with flags. Yes, it’s that simple.

I started this sport when I was a sophomore in high school. I didn’t have many friends as a freshman but I knew one of the girls on the guard and I knew a couple that we trying out. So I gave it a shot and instantly loved it. As a dancer, adding a flag just meant I can add to my repertoire.

Anyway, when I graduated, I took on the coaching position and here I am, 8 years later. Damn, that’s a long time.

Color Guard is normally thought of as the thing military men do with the muskets and sabers. Yes, it still is but there’s also what I and DCI do.  (Look up DCI for now, I’ll do another post on that later, I promise) I try to add emotion and try to use the silk to interpret the music. I like to think of it as visualizing the music. Kind of like those old school screensavers that look like color changing amoebas floating around.

I’m writing about guard today because the season is beginning and I know I’m going to be writing about it and I wanted you all to have a nice introduction to the sport.

I can’t wait to choreograph and see what other guards come up with. I’ll keep you updated as the season goes on and I’ll also be covering some DCI shows. Happy flagging! #goBLOO

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