Hi beauties! So I’m having some serious dance withdrawls right now. Last week I competed at the United States Dance Championships in Orlando, FL. It was truly an amazing experience. I had my ups and downs of course, being that it was my first big competition and only second comp with my current dance instructor, but I came out of it with a very positive outlook towards my future in dance and I’m ready to get back to work! That being said, let me tell you a little bit about this awesome experience <3 This will be Part 1 of 2 posts (I couldn’t fit all the good stuff into 1 post you guys 🙂
So the competition was at the BEAUTIFUL Walt Disney World Swan Resort. It was an absolutely gorgeous resort surrounded by palm trees, waterways, pools, fountains, and the Disney Boardwalk. There are so many places to explore around and in the resort itself. We had a beautiful room that overlooked the Dolphin hotel and the water, which was a perfect spot to watch the sunset every night. We also were right beside MGM, so we saw the fireworks over the park every night. My amazing Mother and boyfriend Luke came to support me, and I had so much fun with both of them; they are seriously awesome.
There were several restaurants at the hotel; I made the most frequent stops to the Java Bar which had DELICIOUS coffee. But my Mom and I also had dinner at the Garden Grove one night. The food was honestly not that great, but I would go back for the desserts and the character dinner for sure.
It was nice that I had some days in between competing to just relax. I loved chilling at the pool with my Harry Potter book and my Cafe Latte Shakeology (yes, I still drank it on vacay)! I tried my best to stay on track with my health even though it felt like I was on vacation most days. I did splurge some, so it was great that there was a really nice fitness center at the hotel.
The Disney Boardwalk was right off to the side of our hotel, so Luke and I walked there one night. We had dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant called Trattoria al Forno. As if that wasn’t enough food, we also had to get ice cream at the Ample Hills Creamery. HOLY COW GUYS. The Butter Pecan Brittle was to die for. We enjoyed our ice cream as we watched the sun set over the water and charming boardwalk buildings. It was pretty romantic.
My Mom and I also visited Disney Springs one evening which used to be Downtown Disney. This place is loaded with shops and restaurants. We had dinner at the awesome Morimoto Asia. This was one of the coolest restaurants I’ve been to. It was so modern and chic. Unfortunately, I had to drop my glass in the middle of our meal (on a tile floor) so I definitely lost respect from most of the classy people in the restaurant. It was absolutely mortifying lol.
And it wouldn’t be a ladies night out without dessert! We only wanted a small treat, and we were SUPER lucky to find this healthy little bakery called Erin Mckenna’s Bakery NYC. This gluten-free and vegan bakery originated in NYC and I’m soooo glad we got to stop there! Mom and I split a scrumptious Samoa Donut and I took a piece of Pumpkin Tea Cake home for breakfast the next day. Both absolutely delicious <3 See guys, eating healthy is NOT boring!
Needless to say that I had an absolute BLAST on my downtime in Orlando. Tomorrow I will be posting Part 2 about my experience at the competition and how dancing your heart out is the only thing that really matters <3
Until then, I think I’ll go watch a Disney movie,
Ashlyn Tori <3