While in school I was warned multiple times of how hard it would be to take class and expand my practice in "the real world". And of course I didn't believe them, taking class was a spiritual practice and something I was committed to so I assumed that would continue once I graduated. Now, living in Seattle it's not that there aren't enough classes offered, quite the opposite actually there are a plethora of classes to choose from each week to attend. And I would love to say that I go to multiple a week, but the difficulty of the "real world' lies is juggling a fulltime job and still trying to find time in my schedule to take class and giving up free time to do so. Sometimes sleeping in wins out, sometimes wanting to go out and have fun with my boyfriend sound more appealing than paying to take class for an hour and a half. I've realized
how little time there actually is in a day and when managing priorities dance doesn't always come in first.
After putting dance first for 8+ years I'm allowing myself to find joy in life outside of dance. I'm trying new hobbies and doing dangerous this that I never got to try because I was scared of getting injured and ruining my career. I'm working for the first time and finding joy in getting promotions and more responsibilities. And although you probably aren't seeing me in a lot of dance classes I am in fact dancing. Instead of rotating my life around dance and not having a life outside of dance I am infusing each part of my life with dance. There isn't a day where I don't dance at work, try new movements, possibly scare my coworkers and definitely scare our customers. Where ever I go I take time to stop, feel, and dance. Whether I take time to do an impromptu photoshoot or just videotaping an improv for myself to watch the urge to fill these new places with dance is always there.
The best advice that I was ever given was to not be scared of breaking up with dance. It is in fact healthy to take a step back to regroup, make some money, and experience a new side of life. Being a dancer isn't dependent on how many classes I take or how many performances I am in. What makes me a dancer is my ever growing passion towards this art form and my curiosity in movement potential that will never die.