Everyday is different, constantly changing and never the same, but the one thing I can always count on is my life is dance. No matter how I’m feeling walking into the studio, I never feel worse when I’m walking out. Yes, there’s always struggles, maybe my splits weren’t as low that day or I had a bad turning day, but it only makes me want to work harder and dance even more. When the music starts, everything else that’s going on in my life seems to stop for that three minutes and it’s all me.
Dance has helped me overcome so many fears and challenges I’ve had in my life. Being in the spotlight has boosted my confidence, which is something I’m still working on. At three years old, my mom signed me up for my first dance class and I fell in love with the sport. I was on my way to becoming a pretty good dancer with a passion that consumed me, but in sixth grade, I received heartbreaking news, I had Leukemia. The treatment not only physically and emotionally exhausted me, but it weakened my legs and my bones to the point where I couldn’t stand up on my own. I knew that I would never be the same dancer again. When I reached high school, it took me a while to find a positive environment to continue dancing. There was even a point where I wasn’t loving dance anymore and considered quitting. Luckily, one of my dance teachers reached out to me and invited me to audition for her dance company.
Fast forward to today, I am in fact still dancing and I am currently a member of that dance company, as you might have guessed, the Avant + Garde Dance Company. Choosing to continue dancing was the best decision I ever made, I am happier than ever before, of course I still struggle with my strength and flexibility, but my dance company is the best support system I could ask for. In more ways than one, dance has been a necessary outlet for all I went through, and has shaped me to be a confident, persevering, young woman I am today.