Hoo-RAE!: 2020 “JREAMZ”

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Me at the Jabbawockeez mask and sign at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The show entrance is in the merchandise store.

By Lauren Kalama, staff writer

Happy New Year! It’s 2020! I hope everyone had a great 2019 and that your 2020 is filled with good health, pure happiness, and many opportunities. I know you’ve all heard the saying, “New year, new me,” but let’s be honest with ourselves, “New Year…same me, just improving and growing.”

Just like my favorite dance crew, the Jabbawockeez. and their semi-new show called JREAMZ . Why am I telling you this? Well, I recently came back from a family trip to Las Vegas. We have traveled to Vegas many times before, but this was only the second time going during the winter. It’s become a tradition now for us to travel on Christmas Day.

As a Christmas present, I got to watch this dance crew perform for the third time. The first time, I saw their 2013-2015 show called PRISM, and I’ve seen  JREAMZ twice now. What’s so special?

This is the Jabbawockeez pin given out to premium ticket buyers. I have two!

Photo by Lauren 
This is the Jabbawockeez pin given out to premium ticket buyers. I have two!

Well, for two years in a row, I have sat in the second row, in the same seat, with the same free popcorn and drink, and the same exact free pin that is handed out to certain rows.

Do I get tired of it? NEVER.

Do I remember pretty much all of their dances? Yes, yes I do.

Why do I keep coming to their shows? It’s because of the music that fills the ears and the speakers that shake your seat, but mostly, the choreography to every song you could imagine.

You will see little kids having a blast and grandmas right beside them dancing in their seats. But me? My eyes are glued to the stage.

Every show and just the overall dance crew has a story and a dream to create. The Jabbawockeez have inspired me to use dance as a tool to fully express myself and to keep on reaching for my dreams, and achieving new goals. I follow them on social media, and they show improvement each and every year.

They have become famous worldwide and have continued to keep growing. To me, they show change by coming up with new ideas, new dances, and stories. It is my dream to one day, be as great as them in anything that I do.

Since it’s only the start of the year, I think it’s time to find change in myself, but also, to improve the things I can. My hopes? To continue to work hard for the rest of my junior year, to grow in hula and hiphop, and to be there for my family. I hope to improve throughout the year as much as I can, like my idols, the Jabbawockeez. I am super excited to see what this year will bring.

May you all have as great a year as I am hoping for. Keep jreaming!