I believe in dance. Whether you are in a dance studio, in your house, on the street, on the stage, anyone can dance. Growing up in a house where the activity for my three sisters and me consisted of dancing at the dance studio at least three times a week, dance wasn’t just something I did to keep myself occupied or to stay in shape, dance was and is a part of my life. I’ve been taking dance classes since I was three years old. Tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern; I love it all. I didn’t see this as much as a child, but as I became older, dance became something that I could go to when everything else went wrong. If I was having a bad day, I would dance. If someone upset me, I would dance. If I was not getting along with someone, I would put in my headphones, lace up my tap shoes, and dance. Everyone has a hobby or something that they love to do. Dance is that hobby for me. The feeling I get when I dance is not like anything else that I feel. The feeling that I get when I hear the audience applaud after a performance is not like any other feeling. Just like everything in life, dance can be challenging. It definitely has its obstacles; its ups and downs. There are good days, and of course, there are bad days. Dance is something that I have to work at; practice for hours at a time. Even though it can be tiring, and at times annoying, it all pays off when I know I did it right. Coming home soar at night with blisters on my feet is worth it because I know that for the time I was dancing, all the problems in my life ceased. All of the worries, all of the test grades, all of the fights, were forgotten, and the only thing that I could think of was that count of eight echoing through my head. I believe in dance because everyone should have that one thing that they can go to when everything in their life is going wrong. Having a passion for something could keep people from doing many things that cause heartache, chaos, and confusion. Instead of drinking and reaching for alcohol to numb the pain, just dance. Instead of shooting up or seeking some kind of high, find a passion that will stop everything, and make you feel as though everything is okay. I believe in dance because when I feel hurt or upset, I can dance and all of my troubles will fade away. I believe in dance because I feel that it is attainable by anyone; all ages. I believe in dance because it makes me forget about someone that just passed, the fight I’m having with my mom, or the stress that is occurring in areas in my life. ‘When all else fails, just dance.’
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