Untapped Dancer Story: More Than Therapy

Isabelle Firine

Bethany • Connecticut

I wouldn’t be where I am today without dance.

I am a twenty year old who has been dancing for about 18 years. It is my entire life. So much so, that I went away to college as a dance major. I was sent home on November first of 2015 on a medical leave of absence. I was diagnosed with Anxiety-Depression Disorder. I was being heavily bullied by some of my old colleagues. I lost all self-worth/love. I actually hated myself. I didn't leave my room essentially the entire month of November. When I did leave my room though, I would go into my living room and dance. It helped me more than anything else. More than therapy, more than pills. I am so thankful for the gift of dance and everything it has provided me with. I can't imagine ever not being a dancer. Here I am, months later back at a studio dancing away. I wouldn't be where I am today without dance.