Dance Diary

Taking Flight


During a live performance, nothing is promised, and the audience experiences something new each time the curtain rises. They are able to witness the real-time mishaps and slips that cannot be undone or edited out. Each show is simply an unparalleled mystery to both the dancers and audience members because it is never certain what the outcome will be regardless of the repeated choreography. Even though dancers try to maintain a professional image, we are just like the people in the darkened theater clutching tickets in their palms. We make mistakes. We fall. We have off days just like everybody else. No matter how hard we strive for perfection, we will never be flawless, and that is reality.


Saturday, we took Flight, a guest-choreographed modern piece, downtown with peacock feathers perched delicately in our hair. To be honest, I am quite disappointed with my performance. It was an incredibly stressful night as things continuously went wrong, and I had to endure that defeated feeling as I took a bow. This piece will be performed again later this season, so I am hoping that we can redeem ourselves. As of right now, we must move on because it is going to be a busy week in the studio as we prepare for Alice in Wonderland in three weeks! I will not waste any more time thinking about the past. We have a ballet to learn. 🙂


9 thoughts on “Taking Flight

  1. Sometimes its difficult to move beyond bad experiences but don’t think of them as failures, think of them as lessons learned and keep moving forward. You cannot change the past so don’t live there move on. All of you have worked so hard to dance at this level! Don’t let one hiccup derail your dreams. There will be more hiccups but keep pushing forward because there will also be more opportunities!!!

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    1. That is so true, and your encouragement means the world to me! Thank you for all of the support that you have given me through the years, grandma. It means more to me than I can even express. I really appreciate this motivating comment, and I love you so much! ❤


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