A few weeks ago one of my favorite dance teachers announced he was leaving. The first day I started in his class I was intimidated and unconfident, but it evolved into the class I looked forward to every week. In a nutshell, he kept my dream alive and didn’t even know it. On his last day I decided to write him a note to tell him about how his class kept me going on days I almost gave up. To my surprise he contacted me and said these words, “Rebecca, your gorgeous, talented little thing…we don’t tend to choose dance, it chooses us!” It’s funny because those exact words were said to my back in December and are the words that gave me to courage to chase after my dream. I forgot them.
It’s been about six months since I started chasing after my dream of dancing professionally and it has been a journey of ups and downs. One of the biggest downs has been the fact that I lost hold of the reason why I started in the first place. Dance is a calling and I feel as though I have been called to dance. I whine all the time about how I feel inadequate to be in this industry, but instead I should feel lucky that I have the honor to have been chosen to dance. As the next six months rolls outs I realized that I needed to make some changes if I want to make this journey as successful as possible.
1) I rejoined the dance ministry team at my church. Dancing at church is where my dream of dancing professionally was born. Putting that aside, God is the one who has given me this talent and I want to be able to give it back to Him and express to people the overflow of joy dance gives me in order to impact their lives. Dance as a ministry has to go back to being my number one priority.
2) It has come to a point where the dance classes I am taking are not benefitting as much as I need them to. I have decided to cut down the number of classes I take a week and instead take the time and money to take more advanced classes. Right now I only travel into the city once per week, but that will be changing to 2-3 times a week. This also allows me to attend dance ministry.
3) I am increasing my cardio and strength training workouts and started monitoring my calories.
4) I am starting to prepare for dance competitions that are happening in August and October. I will also be going to the Australian Dance Festival in September where representatives from full time dance programs will be in attendance.
5) And on a side note! I started writing my novel 🙂
I was watching a dance documentary on Netflix and the same words were spoken “Dance chooses us”. The more hear this phrase the more I believe that it is true. I have chosen to accept the fact that I did not choose dance, but instead I chose to follow the path that was set out for me. As long as I remember that I have been chosen to dance, in whatever capacity it turns out to be, I will keep going.