This Art Form


It is so easy to forget why you love this art form when you sacrifice so much of your life inside of a studio with your feet cramping, muscles burning, and sweat dripping in your eyes. It is so easy to forget why you love this art form when you think about how many things you have missed out on by not living a “normal” life for a dream that you may never even reach. It is so easy to forget… until you step onto that stage to dance for hundreds of people and hear their applause… until you experience an injury that prevents you from being able to express yourself for weeks… until you are offered a job contract that allows you to do what you love and not sit in an office all day long… until an audience member warmly touches your shoulder after a performance and tells you how grateful he/she is for sharing your gift…

The fact is, I hear negativity every single day whether it is inside of my own head or from other people expressing their personal unhappiness. I have begun to realize that dance is a mental battle, and it is something that continuously challenges people both emotionally and physically. I have known so many people who have stopped fighting for this dream and have had thoughts of “what if I didn’t, where would I be now?” for the rest of their lives. Do not ever forget why you started dancing, and do not ever forget that magical moment that lit up your young eyes when you discovered it for the very first time. Always remember the power that dance has to heal and change people’s lives, and never allow your current emotions to put out the flame that burns deep within your soul. Remain true to yourself, and have faith through it all.

No matter how defeated you may feel at times, never forget this art form… It is part of you. It IS you… Do you really want to let it all go?

I know that this post was significantly longer than my typical posts, but I just felt like the world needed to read this because these words have been lingering in my head for quite some time now. Too many people in my life have incredible talent, but they are quickly loosing their passion; I don’t ever want that to happen to me.

Photo credits: Richard Jean-Louis

10 thoughts on “This Art Form

    1. Aw, I am so glad that you thought so. This has really been on my mind for awhile now, so it felt amazing to just share it with the world and let it all out. Thank you so much for reading; I really appreciate it.

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  1. THANK YOU, Maysa! It’s been really hard with my vertigo and dancingately and some days I just want to quit. 😭
    I’ve seen some of my friends quit dancing and it just breaks my heart. Dance is what my makes my heart happy, and it’s my very essence. Anyways, good job 😉❤️

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      1. I am so glad I am too!
        This sounds crazy but I do! I want to first get my degree and I want to double major in dance and exercise science… I am graduating early from high school, so I have more time to dance! My plan is to get my doctorate in PT and at the same time “keep up” with higher level dancing. Then go on to being BOTH a dancer and a Physical Therapist! I have a lot of goals (haha!)

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        1. I truly admire your passion and motivation for success. I believe that you can do anything that you set your mind to, and I know that you will reach your dreams as long as you remain dedicated. Good luck, and I am excited to follow your journey.
          I love your blog!


  2. Yes! Thank you so much for this. I’m going to keep trying hard to become the best dancer I can be and I’m going to make it. I’ll stop doubting myself, because dancing always brings joy to my life and as hard as it gets, however lost I feel, dancing is what makes me me. I can’t suddenly think ballet is not enough, not what I want or that I have to give up everything to do it. I can do everything else in my spare time, but ballet combines everything I love into one. The music, the characters, the emotion, the movement, the exhilaration of being onstage and the hard work. Nothing else I do shares ALL of these things and it’s truly what I love. Thank you for reminding me 🙂

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    1. You are so welcome, Zeta! I thought this post would be helpful to read before you made the final decision to quit because I think all dancers have considered quitting at one time or another. I just wanted to be sure that you TRULY thought about it before you let it all go, but I wish you luck in whatever journey you decide to take (with ballet or acting). 🙂 Glad this helped!

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