Aurora McGaughey

Ontario • Canada


I’ve had many passions throughout my life, but when I think about it, only one has had the biggest impact on my life. Dance has been with me since I was 4 years old, and I honestly don’t know where my life would be without it. Sure, I missed out on sleepovers, and birthday parties throughout elementary school, but I didn’t care. I loved what I was doing, more than I could explain at the time. I hated missing even just one dance class, and the fact that competitions usually got me out of school wasn’t so bad either. Later in life, I started assistant teaching the younger kids, and my love for it grew even more. Teaching the next generation seemed to get that spark back into my own dance life.

I always found it very funny that I can perform in front of a theater full of hundreds of people and feel nothing but excitement, and joy, but when it came to doing presentations in front of a classroom, I was just nervous, and didn’t want to do it. It never made sense to me until I was older.

I miss the thrill of stepping out on the stage every day. I still teach every now and then, but it’s definitely not the same. Even when I just go and watch competitions or stage rehearsals, it seems to do more harm then good. I thought that even if I just watched and supported my studio, I’d feel better about not being in that world anymore, but if I’m really honest with myself, all it does is make me feel hurt.

But dance is and always will be my passion.