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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dance Decisions

I didn't know quite what to post today, so I figured I'd share a little something that's been on my mind lately...

So many of my old friends, the dancers I joined the bottom ranks of ballet companies with back in my glory days, are starting to dance principle and soloist roles for wonderful and renown companies.  I am incredibly proud of all of them and I am so glad that they stuck with it and are dancing some of the roles we all used to dream of performing.  But it's also made me think about my own roles.  

I made the decision to leave the ballet world early on and it was such a tough decision to make, but for me, it was the right one.  Company life didn't suit me.  Though it's hard not to wonder how my life may have turned out had I stuck with it - What roles would I be dancing now if I had the strength and tenacity to stick it out back when I was just a young adult? 

But then I think about all the roles I've taken on since then - student, girlfriend, archery instructor, teacher, marketer, production manager, editor, WIFE, writer - I know that I made the right choice.  I love all the roles I've played off-stage and I look forward to all the many more to come.  While I may sometimes miss the stage, I feel so fortunate for all the experiences I've gotten to have over the last decade that I probably wouldn't have been able to experience if I had stayed in a full time company. 

Now that's not to say I don't keep a hand in it (or foot in it.)  I have plans to do more dancing in the future and I like being a freelance dancer at the moment.  Just dancing when I want to, and I guess that's a pretty good role to have as well!

*if anyone knows the original source of the above picture please let me know! 

4 comments:

  1. I think that with things like that you have to be 150% about all the time - your life revolves around it, and there's not much time for anything else because it is all-encompassing. I think unless you are willing to stall the rest of your life to make it big in that area then it's best to keep things as hobbies, and enjoy them as they are, as part of your life, rather than being your EVERYTHING.

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  2. It's sounds like you made an awesome choice in the direction you ended up going! I would way rather have all that than be a dancer although I've never danced so who am I to say. I always think back and think," What if I didn't move to France or finished school" or whatever but then think why would I want to think of those things, my life is awesome!

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  3. michaelmcgreevey.comMay 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I love your choices!

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  4. It sounds like you made the best decision because you sound happy!

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