Why do we dance? Is it because we’re expected to? Is it because we’re told we have to?

We dance because we love it. Dance is a form of self-expression for which only a select few posses a talent. When your craft is fueled by passion, the combination is virtually unstoppable. Sometimes, it’s easy to loose sight of the initial passion you have for the art when you’re constantly on the go with rehearsals, competitions, classes and so on. So, let’s take a moment today to think about why we dance.

Why did we start?

When we were little, most likely, we saw ballerinas as perfect and beautiful. We wanted to be just like them. They were beautiful and graceful and everyone loved them. Once we started our first ballet class, we wanted to show what we could do to everyone we knew. Our parents, aunts, uncles and other adults praised us for behaving so well in class, working hard and for doing such a lovely job. We loved that attention and all of the positive reinforcement.

Going to class was a treat. Not only did we get to dance, but we got to dress in the most lovely “ballerina outfits”, see our ballet friends and our favorite teachers ever! Class was always a blast because we were learning to do a special dance for our first ever dance recital.

When it came time for the first dance recital, that spotlight was the greatest thing we’d ever seen and we wanted MORE. Being on stage in front of an audience was the greatest thrill we’d ever known. If this was what being a ballerina was like, then that was the life for us!

Do you remember being that little girl? Which feelings come back to you when you think about those days? Sometimes, going back to the beginning can help you remember why you started. How long has it been since you were that little girl? What about you has changed? How much have you learned in all that time?

How the Time Flies…

If you could go back and let your little self see all that you’ve learned in your ballet career, do you think she’d be proud of you? She would be. She would because you’re what she envisions for her future. She wants to grow up and as much as she can about ballet along the way. Have you been doing that? Yes? Good. She wants to stay focused and perform in front of many more audiences at many more recitals. Have you done this, too? You have? Wonderful. She wants to become a ballerina that the little ones like her aspire to be. Are you doing that for the little girls around you? You are? Beautiful.

The hardest part about following your dreams is that we don’t have the chance to see into the future and know how things will turn out. I’m sure we’d all love a chance to revisit our younger selves. But, having a passion doesn’t means 100% assurance that you’re doing things perfectly. It’s about loving the art that you’ve chosen and doing your best to present it in the most thrilling, thought provoking and stunning ways possible.

When you feel like you haven’t done enough or you’re questioning why you’re still dancing, remember that little girl. Remember how much the art of ballet meant to her. And then show her that you haven’t let her down. Keep working, keep learning and keep your sights set on your dreams. Dreams are only dreams until you make them come true.