From a very young age, Dance has always been part of my life, but it has slowly become more and more of my obsession. I’m living, breathing, studying dance. There cannot be a day without some thought of dance entering my head.
I started at 3 years old, taking classes in Ballet, Tap and Theatre Craft at my local dance school (later studying contemporary, street, jazz and lyrical), taking part in annual dance shows and pantomimes, and practising weekly for each exam I took. This continued for a number of years, and as I reached the age of about 6 or 7, I started competitions; with solo routines, duets, and group pieces (we call Troupe’s). Dance comps are such an incredible experience and journey for any dancer, the amount of fun and memories you make competing with all your dance friends are ones you’ll hold on to for life. No matter how young you were when they were made.
Now, dancing can get quite full-on the more you want it, and I figured that out when I had to choose between Dance and Gymnastics, because at the age of 12 I didn’t have enough time in the day to go to school, then go to both gymnastics and dance classes, never mind competing in both each month. So there are also losses you might take and decisions you might have to make from quite a young age if you are set on becoming a dancer.
Despite there being times where you feel like you want to give up, because you’re too tired to go to class or you’d rather go out with your friends shopping on a Saturday, than spend all day in a hall competing at comps. There are so many incredible feelings and moments you get when performing and dancing that make everything worth while. From receiving your exam certificate back after months of training for an hour’s exam, to waving your final goodbye at the end of a show as the curtain closes. These are just a handful of the things I’m thankful for being able to call my memories. I constantly remind myself of a quote I saw that reads “Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely!” and that’s entirely true!
I continued to study and take classes in dance throughout primary, secondary school and college and my passion and love for it has grown with time. I am now preparing to go to university in September to embark on a 3 year course studying dance and I know it most definitely won’t be the end, this is a new chapter and a new journey.
I want to do a MASSIVE thank you to everyone I’ve met through dance since starting, that includes dance teachers, competitors, dance inspirations, class mates that are now friends, people I have met at auditions and my family for being a insanely supportive (not to mention my mum having to spend her weekends dolling me up to go on stage for a few minutes and dance my heart out). I cannot put into words how much I am thankful for, and I can’t believe this has only been 16 years, bring on the rest!!!
(P.s. I really struggled to put into words what Dance means to me, so I hope you understand that it means the entire world to me!)