Ever have one of those days where you are totally reminded why you do what you do?
That was me last night.
I went to my "old" dance studio's Mostly Modern Showcase - "Dance Go Off" last night. It was such a great show. But what I was most impressed with was some of the dancers. In particular, the girls that I used to dance with when I was really young. Most of the people in my Thursday jazz class that I take, are people I danced with when I was 15-16 years old until I stopped dancing in 2007. Prior to that, they were in the classes ahead of me. They are the girls that made me want to dance.
When I started dancing at Studio One, I only took ballet. I was convinced I wanted to be a ballerina. And had I really really wanted to, I probably could have. I auditioned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division Summer School when I was 13. I didn't end up going that summer because we were going to be gone all summer because of my Dad's work. The following fall, I enrolled in modern, jazz, tap, ballet and musical theatre. I still remember the dance that made me want to take modern. Philadelphia. It was beautiful. And I was so in love with it. And I was in awe of the girls in that class. They made me want to be a better dancer. So I pushed myself. And I think I did a great job with that. I ended up attending a prestigious performing arts college - one that accepts only 40 students per year. And then because of a stupid person, I threw it all away. And I have to admit, some days I'm really bitter about that. But last night - after watching those girls up there on that stage, I remember why I started dancing in the first place. The emotion that you can show on stage, the world you enter, and the way you can make an audience feel - whether you are a professional or just a once a week dance student like I am now. I love it. And I wouldn't change any part of my life because I think everything I've been through helps make me a more well-rounded performer.
Dance. It's not just an exercise class once a week. It is part of my life. It is part of me. And I love it.