In the past weeks I have been lucky enough to interact with dancers on many different levels on this journey through the industry. From taking classes, formally interviewing, and having casual conversation with dancers from all walks of life from all over the world, I have developed a new concept of this dance community: personal growth.
For as long as I’ve been dancing I can say I’ve mainly concerned myself with perfecting technique, learning how to choreograph, and basically finding a way to shine. In reality, however, every dancer doesn’t get a chance to shine on a well known stage in a huge company. I know this, so I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do for the dance community and how I want to stay involved incase performing doesn’t happen for me. I used to solely think about teaching or choreographing, but after talking to and being around these truly inspirational artists of my time–I can dance for me. Travel to places and learn styles that interest me. I can’t give back to the dance community if I don’t know who I am. After listening to dancers like Sarah Lewis emphasize the importance of connecting with yourself and Tawanda speak on the way his spirit has been leading his journey through the industry, I am opening my eyes wider and wider to the many aspects of what it means to be an artist and dancer.
There are so many things that I want to do, and so many different ways to approach these tasks. Dancers from all over the world are finding ways to make it happen, why can’t I? I learned from the book Siddhartha that in order to reach enlightenment, I must find it on my own. I can’t follow what everyone else did in hopes of getting the same results. I have to go out there for myself and find my way to my enlightenment and my career.