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Dancing in Your LivingRoom

Updated on October 21, 2014

You see, when it comes to doing what you love,

It doesn't really matter where you do it, just that you do it.

Children's Dreams Should Never Fade.

As a little girl, I just loved dancing. I would dance in the kitchen, at the store, in my living-room, on my bed, anywhere and everywhere that I went I would dance. Why? Because ever since I can remember I have always loved dancing. It has just been my biggest passion in life. When school teachers asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I told them that I wanted to own my own dance studio someday.

As I got older, dancing everywhere I went diminished a little bit, (though I still love dancing down the bread aisle.) My dreams of owning my own dance studio and keeping dance a part of my life, never left me. However, building a dance studio is a lot harder than it may sound and it takes a lot of money that I just never had and still don't have. This, hasn't stopped me from living my dreams; it just encouraged me to dance in my living-room.

So at the age of 23, I, Alaina Rupe, opened my own dance choreography business and began following my dreams just dancing in my living-room.

Now, if you have ever tried choreographing a competition routine from the comfort of your living-room, bedroom, or kitchen, you know it is not an easy task. But when it comes to doing what you love for a living, you make it work. I remember first starting out just standing in front of my bathroom mirror doing small dance moves to see how they actually looked. I would catch myself doing facials as I marked leaps and turns and would have to laugh a little at myself for that.

However, as a dancer, the passion is there, no matter where you are!


Dance and Film Article by "The Reformer"

I read an article recently from the Reformer about two dancers who took their dancing journeys across the world. They started an experiment to become familiar with dancers all across the world, which I would absolutely love to do. The No Hero project started when two dancers traveled through rural parts of the West. They met with strangers in RV parks, small restaurants, and even in their homes, videotaping discussions about the role of dance in their lives; in return for these disclosures. They then danced small impromptu performances and recorded them to compile a personal documentary. The San Francisco Guardian called their video "a piece of pure Americana. A tender and amusing tribute to ordinary people and the role that dance may or may not play in their lives."

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Just picturing this experience makes me realize how important and amazing dance really is.

Not just for me, but for people everywhere, all across the world. We can come together and be united in a passion for dance and expression.

Beginning Jazz Routine - Ages 6-8 - "Lights" ~Choreographed By: Lai Rupe


As you are just starting out on new journeys in life, stressing about how you will make it work, or worried about what will happen next, just remember that we all start from the rubble. Begin just dancing in your living-room, to yourself, and then do whatever it takes to make your dreams come true. If I can do it, I know that you can too.


"Don't be afraid to do what you love."

~ Lai Rupe


Have any dance questions, concerns, or topics to discuss? Don't hesitate to reach out to Lai Rupe's Choreography. I am here to spread the beauty of dance.

Also, feel free to check out the article, "Tips to Host a Junior Dance Clinic as a Dance Fundraising Event," to hear a bit more about how to fund-raise for your dance team!

Thanks for your LOVE and Support!
~Alaina (Lai) Rupe


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      Anya Brodech 3 years ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

      I dance on the street. I used to date a guy from dance and we'd always walk around downtown chicago and randomly dance when we'd hear music playing somewhere. We danced foxtrot in front of theatre by a hotel that was playing jazz, waltz in a mall that was playing classical music, and my favorite which was a bachata in the crystal gardens at navy pier to the radio that the hispanic cleaning lady was listening to while she swept the floor.

      I've also been to several outdoor dance festivals in Chicago where I danced on the grass, on the portable dance floor that was set up for us, and on the sidewalk.

      When it comes to dancing I love being around other people who also love to dance, it's why I love going to salsa clubs and other dance events where people come together.

      I think it's great that you started a choreography business. If you're looking for a space to use you can go to your local community center, gym/healthclub with an empty workout room, or YMCA