One important lesson that I have learned in the dance world is not to get upset whenever you make a mistake onstage. You might feel worried about how obvious that mistake was, however, believe it our not, more than half of the simple mistakes you make onstage, the audience doesn’t even notice! There is so much going on around you, that they don’t even notice the mistake you made!
For example, if you slip and fall onstage or mess up every turn that you attempt, do you cry in the wings afterward? It is important to make sure that you stay calm and try to stay strong. Did the audience notice? Maybe. Is it worth crying for hours over? No. The thing is, crying doesn’t change the fact that you fell, and it doesn’t make the situation just disappear. In a matter of fact, it doesn’t change anything! You can cry about how you fell,but it doesn’t change it! It happened in the past and you can’t take that back, so what good does crying do when you have to be onstage in less that five minuets? It is ok to want to cry or feel like you are going to cry, but it is important to have the control to hold it in and I promise that it is going to be ok. 🙂 Don’t worry so much about the past and focus on the future! Keep working hard and doing your very best each and every day and I promise that you will succeed. 😉
Today was my studio’s open house, and I was able to see a lot of my friends that I haven’t been able to see all summer! A lot of my good friends went to dance camps out of town, so they were not here all summer. We were able to catch up and chat about life and socialize. 😉 My mother was actually working at the open house, so I was able to be there all day! I actually came in my tights and leotard and gave myself a ballet class with a few other friends in a spare studio. I had a lot of fun today and it was good to see a lot of my classmates from last year. I was also able to meet some new dancers that are just joining the studio. Now, I am excited and ready to dance again!!! 🙂 I hope everyone had a great day!
I am going to be homeschooled again this year, so that I can dance in the pro-trainee company again. I can’t believe that school is going to get back in session in less than five days! I really love being homeschooled because it helps me with my schedule in dance, so that I can be in the studio as much as I am. Homeschooling has been great, but I do miss a lot of my friends from school. On the other hand, homeschooling has really helped me gain confidence in who I am! At school, so many people were trying to change me and make me someone who I wasn’t. To be honest, I almost forgot who I really was as a person. I didn’t really realize how much of my personality and interests had changed at school! I never truly realized that bullies had pressured me into being someone I wasn’t. Being homeschooled really allowed me to be around people who really cared about me, and were happy with who I am! I was able to gain confidence in myself and almost discover the part of me that never even was present at school! I feel as if I am a different person since two years ago. I am so glad to be homeschooled and to be myself again! Never let anyone else define who you are, and you shouldn’t try to be anyone other than yourself! You are unique, and that is ok, but the key is to simply be confident, each and everyday! 😉
Yesterday, a few dancers at my studio all came together to make 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to donate to Must Ministries. Surprisingly, a group of only 16 girls were able to make over 100 sandwiches in less than 20 minuets! I was running a little late, however, and when I got to the studio, everyone was cleaning up! I was only 15 minutes late and I missed the making of over 100 sandwiches! I was very sad that I missed it, but my dance instructor made a very good point! “It is the thought that counts. Just by being here, you did a good thing.” That made me feel good, and it placed a smile on my face. I just have learned that with the right amount of efficiency and cooperation, you can take on any challenge that you are given! (including making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 😀 )
Summer has only has one week left and I have been taking advantage of these last few days. I have been going to the beach, going to the pool, and other places that I cannot visit throughout the year. I am a little excited for school to start back up again for some reason, however, I am definitely going to miss summer when it is gone! When it is summer, you can sit back and relax with nothing on your mind, but it is not really like that in the middle of the year! 😉 I hope that everyone has a great last couple of days of break!!! Enjoy it while you can!!! 😀
Great news everyone, my ABT exam results came in just last night. I know that everyone had been waiting awhile for them to come in, so I was going to let everyone know how the results were. When I looked at the certificate, I almost couldn’t believe it! I had received a high honors award with the score of 98% I worked very hard for this exam, and I guess all of that extra practicing at home really paid off. 😀 😀 😀 😀 I hope I can do this well again next year on my next exam. I just wanted to share my scores and let everyone, who had been waiting, know how they went. I hope that everyone has a great rest of your day, and keeps working hard! As long as you work hard, you can do anything!
It is time to face the hard truth, dancing as much as you do is probably only 1/4 of your life. You start dancing when you are 5 and stop sometimes in the mid 30’s or late twenty’s, so you still have about 50 years of your life left. Dancing everyday is less than half of your life, so you have to make the most out of every class. Some of the exercises might be painful, but you can’t slack off! You say you want to be a professional, but if you really want it, you have got to work for it! Most people don’t make it professionally is what we are all told, right? But, do most people give each class their all each and everyday? No. A lot of dancers start to slack off during jumps in the center, because they are tired. (I am not saying that I never do this) I think that we all do it at some point and time in our life, but try not to because you are not progressing when you don’t do it to your full potential. Look at it this way, do you want to work hard and be a professional at a great company by 18, or do half work and be a professional by your mid 20’s in a small, low-pay company? It all depends on how you look at it, but I take every class as if it is my last, and I lift each leg like I am lifting my life. Your future is all in your hands, it is up to you whether you want to do something with that or not.