Last night I performed R is for Roller-disco on the ABC Tour. Overall I think it was a success. I say this because it really wasn’t what I had in mind. I thought there would be dancing like no one is watching, silly costumes, people flirting and falling left right and centre, struggling skaters and Travolta wannabes. This was not the case. I had prepared a few routines for the roller-disco so that didn’t arrive half cocked. I was fully cocked.
One of my main concerns was how I would control the crowd and how I would avoid bumping into anyone during my routines. This turned out to not be an issue as there was plenty of space and only about 15 people, of which, for some reason, only about 8 would skate at once. On arrival, one of the skaters seemed a little peeved that I was going to be juggling there as, I quote “Some of the juggling could actually be very distracting for my dance moves”. If you are worried about getting distracted, don’t go to a place in the dark with loud music. It’s for this very reason that I don’t practice my juggling in night clubs. There were also no disco lights as these were not working.
This roller-disco show just wasn’t what I was expecting. It was quite a serious place. Not many smiles and certainly no boogying. That being said, I did perform various juggley bits throughout the evening. Some people liked it, some people didn’t. But that is ok. It felt more like a skating club than a roller disco. And to be honest, if some roller skaters came to my local juggling club and started razzing around, I guess I wouldn’t be that thrilled about it either. It wasn’t a disaster, it’s just not what I imagined.
When I started the ABC Tour, I wanted to do shows in places and situations that I’d find very difficult. I wanted to push and challenge myself. I now have 3 routines that I can do on roller skates and a disco ball that I can spin on my finger if it is ever required. It probably won’t ever be required, but that is not the point. I challenged myself, I learnt new skills and I made it happen. So it is for that, that I think it was success.