Bridget Zhang

Philadelphia • Pennsylvania

Story

My love for dance is more than a hobby. I have made it a life style. I am 26 years old female and I live in Philadelphia, PA. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, manic depression, schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorder. Some of my trauma's includes a long history of rape, abuse and drug addiction. On the good days, I am a normal, 26 years old, young professional female working in the real estate business during the day and in dance classes at night. On the bad days, I am admitted into mental institutions and hospitals for treatments. I started dancing ballet since I was 3 years old. I love every single of minute of it. In my school years, I love going to dance classes because it was an excuse for me to get out of the house. My step-father was very abusive growing up. I was a very shy young girl, with very few friends. The only times when I am not shy is when I am on that stage. Now, as a recovering adult, dance is what keeps going everyday. I have to make time to go to the dance studios everyday to either take a class or rehearse. Somedays, when I am not able to get out of bed, I would still go to dance. It keeps me alive. It keeps me going. it's the reason I want to recover. But my bipolar disorder makes it very hard for me to interact normally with people. I have gotten in trouble many times. I have lost job after job, team after team, friend after friend. But it doesn't stop me, because I am not there to make friends. I am there to dance. Now, I dance many genres of dance that includes ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap and also various forms of latin dances that includes, salsa, bachata, kizomba, zouk and semba. I love all the different styles of dance. I also love going to latin dance congresses to perform and social dance. I am glad to say that I have find the right balance in my life right now with a good career that allows me to be flexible towards my dance training. One day I hope to win the World Latin Dance Cup and open my own studio.

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