I started dancing when I was four years old and my first classes were tap and ballet. Every young dancer starts out with tap and ballet.  My most favorite thing at that point in my life was putting on my little black leotard, my pink tights and my dance shoes. I thought it was one of the greatest things in the world that I could make those noises with my shoes. We started with one class every week when I was young and then I would always be in one number in the recital and that was always the greatest time of my life to be in that recital.  My family would come and watch me and cheer for me and be so happy with me when we were done.

As the years went on in my abilities became sharper I added on more classes to my weekly schedule. The dance school that I attended had strict regulations on when you were able to add on more classes. You had to be a certain age and it was up to the teacher whether she let you add another class. My guess would be because they didn’t want to overwhelm you when you were too young to be able to handle all of these dances. So as soon as I was able I added on dance class after dance class after dance class. By the time that I was a senior in high school I had seven routines for the recital. I had tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and point and then I was in part of the opening number and part of the closing number. Dancing has been a passion for as long as I can remember and I will continue to dance for the rest of my life or for as long as my body will let me. I have even been in some musicals not so many because I’m a terrible singer but quite enough that I’ve gotten stage practice with plays, that way I could dance in the background which meant that no one would be able to hear me sing because I usually just move my mouth or whispering the words because I’m seriously a terrible singer.

Dancing is one of the most beautiful ways to express yourself, it is an art form is not meant for everyone. For those who are truly talented it is one of the most rewarding things that you can do with yourself. For all you parents out there with little girls are little boys that want to take dance lessons I highly encourage you to encourage them to do so for as long as they want.  For the joy that you feel when you get done with the routine and the audience stands up and claps for you is one of the greatest natural highs you can ever achieve. That’s all for now and until next time dance your heart out!

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