I love to dance.
I started dancing when I was 2½ years old and danced straight through to my senior year in high school. I studied every type of dance from tap to jazz, ballet to hip hop, lyrical to musical theater, etc. You could find me at the dance studio 3 to 4 days a week for many hours per day. It was my life. It was my outlet from the world.
Upon entering college, there wasn’t a dance team or any dance studios around that I knew of. So I took a little break. But that didn’t last too long as some girls at my school were planning to start a dance team. I was very excited to be a part of something that was just beginning and that was a huge part of my life. We all danced together until it was the end of the school year.
During that summer break, my then boyfriend and I moved in together. So instead of living on campus, I commuted and it was harder for me to make all of the dance team meetings and classes. I ended up taking myself out of the dance team and started researching around my new town for some dance studios. I did try out a couple of them but they were not what I was looking for. Again, I found myself taking another break.
Fast forward a few years to the Summer of 2007 and I was then living in our house in Tewksbury with my husband and our 17-month-old daughter. I was itching to do something. I needed an outlet. I needed to do something for myself. So I started researching dance studios again. I found one in Billerica that seemed really good so I went and checked it out at an Open House. Two of their classes looked like a great fit for me, so I signed up to start that Fall.
After being out of the studio for a few years, it can be very intimidating going back, especially to a dance school where you don’t know anyone and also don’t know their style of dance. I was very nervous and excited at the same time, not knowing what to expect. But let me tell you, five minutes into class and I knew that I had found my second home again! I found my outlet, something for me!
Here we are four years later and I am still dancing, doing what I love with amazing people (both students and teachers), some who I now I call friends. We have a blast each week in classes while getting a killer workout and when the Annual Performance Show comes around, oh you know that we rock it on stage! When those stage lights come on, it’s like I have entered a different world of pure bliss. And I am also proud to say that my five-year-old daughter just completed her third year of dance.
So, now that I have shared one of my passions with you, what is something that you love to do that maybe you haven’t done in a while?
Maybe you like to take pictures but just haven’t found the “time” to take a Photography class or just go someplace and shoot some pictures. Love to cook, sew or garden but don’t do it as much as you would like to? How about a sport you used to play that you really love but stopped doing?
What is stopping you from doing your passion? Everyone needs “Me” time and there is no time like the present to figure out what you can add to your life that is fun and that is something you love and enjoy. Go take that photography class. Go find a cooking, sewing or gardening club and become a member. Go find a local sports team that you can join. Go do something that your mind, body and soul need.
Live life to the fullest each day and do things that you love and make you happy, don’t wait until tomorrow.