I started taking dance lessons when I was three years old.
My classes were a mix of ballet, tap and jazz. Never a fan of ballet, I was happy when I got older and could focus on jazz and tap. (I’m small, but I’m not overly dainty.)
By the time I was in high school, I had at least four routines in the annual recital. I can only imagine how much my parents spent on dance costumes over the years.
While I attempted to continue dancing in college, my double major and social life got in the way.
Sometimes I wonder if I should have made more of an effort to find time to dance.
Still, fifteen solid years of dance left me with more than I ever expected when I first put on a leotard.
Self-confidence. Discipline. Balance. Leadership.
I didn’t know it at the time, but dancing helped me get through the toughest years of growing up.
When I was on stage, I was in control. Confident. Happy. Able to conquer the world.
I guess that’s why I seek out work that puts me in front of people, whether it’s in a speaking role or as a writer.
Last Friday, my husband and I saw Dreamgirls at the Maine State Music Theatre. Each time I see a performance, I am reminded of the power of song and dance and the emotion that comes out of a good story told by talented and creative people.
At several points during the show, I got goosebumps. At one point, I was almost brought to tears by the powerful singing.
This month, as part of my Giving Pledge, I am donating to the Maine State Music Theatre. I am fortunate to live within walking distance to a venue that hosts such amazing performers. Performers who have been on Broadway, yet still manage to make it to Maine to share their talents.
My husband, who I’m still trying to convert to a full-fledged musical theatre fan, gave me season tickets to MSMT for Christmas. Last week’s performance inspired me to give a little extra.
I’d hate to live in a world where music, dance, art and creativity isn’t a regular part of my life. Dancing has given so much to me. This month, I’m attempting to give a little back.