11th October, 2014

As I stepped forward into the light, it was like entering another world.

All I could see were my fellow dancers on stage and all I could hear was the music. This, I thought, is WHY…

Why I’d rather go to rehearsal than go for a night out in the town; why I’d rather spend my money on leotards and pointe shoes than high heels. This is why I dance.

We had our first performance as a company on the 11th October. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we first began working on the choreography and now it’s over. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to perform with such a wonderful group of people. I’ve learned so much about myself as a dancer and as a person and I’m finally not afraid of improvising in front of strangers (this is a biiiig step, believe me)!

I spent the whole day after the performance in a daze – trying to re-live the experience of dancing on stage. Up until then I had convinced myself that performing on stage was not that important. That going to class, improving my technique and having fun were all that counted. Now I’m not sure if that’s really true.

I know it’s subjective – some people “need” to perform on stage and others are content with “performing” in class alone. On the 11th of October, I realised I belong to the former group and I can’t wait for the next show.

 

Three dancers performing on a stage with arms outstreched.

A group of dancers on stage performing

2 thoughts on “11th October, 2014

  1. When I first started taking class as an adult, I thought there was no way I’d ever perform on stage, and was totally content with just taking class. I got talked into performing in Nutcracker by a friend and even though I was like a deer in the headlights, I was bit by the performance bug. Just taking class and performing are now almost like two different experiences. But I love them both.

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