Hey guys, I'm Laura.
When I first moved to this country from Venezuela with my mom
I lived with my aunt, her husband and my cousin Danette.
Danette shared everything with me because we were both kind
I was like two years older than her.
But as much as she shared, we also fought a lot about anything
I don't know, I, I kind of like fighting a little bit.
As much as we fought nothing brought us together like a good
old show for the family.
Each and every time there was a party, me and Danette would
go to her room and we would like choreograph the whole thing
She would sing several songs.
I would dance to several songs.
One of her favorite songs was Hero by Mariah Carey.
I would dance and lip sync to Christina Guile's Jeanie and
And it was always like, there was like a lo key competition
between us, but it was like a healthy competition.
And then as the night grew darker, there was one song that both
of us had to prove who had what it took to win it all.
This was the song move yourself like, yeah, she sang, yeah
But this song was it.
And that song was by Shakira.
Whenever they put that song, me and Annette would go crazy
That was the song for you to be like, OK, this is it, this is the
last song of the night.
And on top of that, that song is intense as hell.
And it was like, who is it?
Who's the best dancer who has what it takes?
Who's gonna step up to the plate and show the whole family that
I don't know if y'all heard that song but it was like, and her
would look at each other because the song gets more intense
So as we're dancing and like, see who's the best, like we're
also trying to be sexy at the same time.
So it's intensity and sexy and you're eight years old and you're
11 years old and you're trying to be sexy and intense at the
And I'm sure it was a little uncomfortable for our family for
you know, their little girls trying to be sexy, but they never
So we had to be even sexier.
No one is stopping us.
Let me tell you something.
We were not quitters.
That song is like six minutes long.
We'd be like at the end like you see our little veins popping
from like our little selves at the end of the night, no one really
won because our family is not gonna say who wins.
We're both two little girls obviously.
But you know, your girl won every once in a while.
My cousin Danette won every once in a while too.
Like we'd be like, yeah, it was good tonight.
It's like, yeah, you too.
I'm sure we're like, obviously it was me.
Do you agree, Danette?
Did you guys perform for family gatherings and compete against
each other with your cousins?
If so what songs did you sing?
What songs did you dance to?
What were the songs as we know?
I will read all of this till then.
You know what I to this day, I don't know what she says.
I'm gonna look up the lyrics right now.