Lehi • Utah
Dance has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has been my strength a guidance. It is my way to forget the world. My whole life I have struggled with talking about my feelings saying how I really feel. Not being able to speak my mind has caused me much anxiety. When I start to feel overwhelmed I know it's time for me to dance. As soon as I start dancing it's like I can finally breathe. For awhile I started forgetting why I dance and what makes me love it so much. When I was 13 years old, I hurt my hamstring very badly and was not able to dance for a whole year. I felt like my whole world just fell apart. I had no way to express myself I had no way to tell how I'm feeling. I had to bottle it all up inside.I felt like I lost a part of me. When this injury happened to me, it hit me how much I need dance in my life. I realized how amazing and important this art is and how it helps me get through my days. At times I feel like us as dancers can forget why we do what we do. Why dance is our passion. We can feel like giving up and feel we are not good enough. Sometimes we get rejected. Then we ask ourselves over and over why weren't we good enough. That is not what dance is about. Dance is about forgetting what others think of us and using movements to tell our story. Dance is what keeps us going instead of giving up. I now remind myself everyday why dance is my passion, and everyday I learn to love it more and more. I encourage all dancers to do the same, Tell yourself everyday why you are a dancer. It is a true gift from God.