Hannah Douglas

Omaha • Nebraska

Story

The hardest thing to do as a dancer is to accept failure. My advice is if you fall down 7 times, you pick yourself back up, stand up 8 times, and move on. The first step to success is accepting failure. I'm not kidding. An example would be "being the best". Everyone strives for it. But you can't be the best every time. You're not going to win 1st place at every competition or win every audition you sign up for. But I think the biggest steps you can take as you mature through dance is accepting the fact that you will never be the best. And you don't even have to be! Of course, there's always room for improvement, but there is from every dancer in the entire world. Let me tell you about the time I auditioned for a huge dance tour. I've done lots of these before, except I've never won a single one. And I was ok with it. I grew with each learning experience and increased my technique ability and I realized that was the only thing that really mattered in the first place. Sure, I didn't get to go do what all the other winners did, but I learned something and I got to share my passion for dance with other people. To me, that's more important than any other trophy or any medal in the world. But getting back to the story, one day I went to a dance convention and they held free auditions. I went in and tried it like I always have in the past. This time was different. I felt confident in myself and I didn't have a care in the world about who was better than me. All I did was share my passion, express myself and try my best. And guess who won the audition along with 7 other girls? I DID. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. I was chosen as a VIP dancer! And I get to go on tour and dance with the convention who held the auditions and it honestly is a dream come true. Just believe in yourself, and don't let ANYONE stand in your way. The sky is the limit! Also, I am religious, and I'd like to give credit where it's due as well. God is the real reason I Made that audition though. He's the reason I dance, which is to give glory to Him. He blesses me with so much that he AT LEAST deserves a little recognition for it. And that's my story. Never give up on your dreams, and I know it sounds clichè, but honestly anything's possible with hard work and determination!

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