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.

"Pointe Shoes"

**Photo was drawn by me and edited by me.
**Photo was drawn by me and edited by me.

A Love

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.

A Feeling

  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.

Edgar Degas Prima Ballerina 1878
Edgar Degas Prima Ballerina 1878

A Dance

   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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Sunny Robinson 6 years ago from Tennessee

I really relate to this. I was between the ages of 8 and 12. I first did tap dancing and continued that for 3 years. In the meantime, I began jazz, got into gymnastics, and then finally ballet for the last year.

I broke many hearts in quitting because they said that the potential in me to be a deaf dancer that teaches so many people was so great. Dancing is in the feeling and sometimes not hearing. I felt vibrations and danced to that. I also could feel the tap-tap-tapping and hear that.

That never leaves you. Despite having quit and having done it for such a short time, I'm proud when I talk about that. I've once recently thought about trying again.

Thanks for this, it really brings back memories. You write eloquently.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I have danced, and when I danced I allowed the music to fill me to move me across the floor. Even now that I do not dance, the music fills me with emotion, which enables me now as a chorister to breathe life into the music I sing filling the notes and the lyrics with the passion of the music.

Brother Dave.


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SognoPiccolo 6 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio Author

@sunny... I am so glad I brought back memories for you and you enjoyed this and were given the chance to reminisce.

@Dave.. that was just beautiful, thank you for reading


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epigramman 6 years ago

...I'm here ... I'm here .....and I don't want to go anywhere but Swan Lake and this wonderful hub!

I simply adore classical ballet having seen all of the great companies and dancers in the world over the years - and now I feel like I've come home again ... thanks to your labor of love and true appreciation of this sublime art form - and sublime - isn't that a word to describe you?


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SognoPiccolo 6 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio Author

Such wonderful words! I am so glad you enjoyed my hub, as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you so much!

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