The Heart of a Dancer
When it Began
Once a ballerina, always a ballerina. Anyone who has ever danced even for a short while has always connected with it in some way the rest of their lives. I used to dance.
Way back when I was little I was put into a ballet class with my sister and a few of my cousins. I absolutely loved it. The woman who taught us was also named Diane. I remember going there, waiting for class to start, and just watching the other classes practice their upcoming performances; just being in complete awe. I loved watching the other classes . There was a jazz class and a hip hop class and a line dancing class among others. I was in ballet though and I loved it.
Dancing to me is an interpretation of stories in a way that only dancing can do. I remember after a while my cousins and my sister no longer wanted to take the class, just wasn't their thing anymore, but I continued to go. Diane, the teacher, would always allow us a single piece of candy or gum out of a huge bucket of candy at the end of each class. She kept the bucket at the front of the class and reminded u, " you do a good job you will be rewarded". So I would always do my best and be excited as to whether we did well enough to get a piece of candy, if we did really well we received two. It was a simple thing but it kept my attention.
We learned just the basics, as we were all very young and beginners. We did do a performance once that I recall. It was in a lodge looking place. I don't remember much about it except we did an M shape across the floor for part of it and there was a giant moose head or some other random prized animal head trophy on the wall.
Dancing holds emotions. Certain emotions for certain people. Dancing holds a feeling of love an accomplishment for me. I never learned all of the technical terms and the ones I did learn I have long forgotten. I may not remember the five positions anymore but I do know the feeling I have when I dance. I make it up as I go along and it may not be great but I do it for me.
I recently started dancing again and a friend of mine was a ballet teacher at the time and said that even though I hadn't danced in years I was at a higher level then most, but its never really been about that. It is about finding the music and just going with it.
Find your inner song and never stop dancing, because it is this inner song that will drive you. Drive you to be more in tune with yourself. If you love to dance you will never UN-love dancing. Dancing will never stop loving you in return. Crank up your favorite song and dance it out. Whether it is hip hop, jazz, interpretive, or ballet... "Dance like no one's watching.Sing like no one's listening. Live like there's no tomorrow."
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