Hello everybody, I have always wanted to create my own blog and share some of my ideas and experiences. I was finally able to set up this blog and would like to share my dance journey– why, when I started dancing etc.
First, let me tell you Dancing to music is definitely my favorite thing to do.
I am pretty positive you have heard stories about people who have always danced since a very young age or someone in their family that are into dancing. I was definitely not one of those and I have always wondered if there is anyone out there who started dancing not too long ago and would like to share their experience so that it motivates people like me. My dance journey started in November of 2014 in San Antonio, TX.
Why I started dancing:
Growing up I was not really involved in many extracurricular activities or do anything that involves being on stage. I was told to go to school, do my homework and get a degree to be successful. At least this was the notion you were instilled constantly from a young age when you grew up in another country.
When I moved to the US and successfully landed up with a job, this was my time to do the things I have always felt challenged. To do the things that got me butterflies in my stomach for no reason.
I have always been a curious kid. This curiosity led me to go around and do things outside my comfort zone. One of the things that got me fascinated was salsa dancing.
The biggest challenge I had:
Let’s be honest salsa dancing is no joke. That’s probably one of the reasons why it got me in the first place. Most importantly I just wanted to loosen up and have a good time:) In the early days, I had a really hard time to even listen to the music and get the counts. And to dance when the music was playing was something impossible for me.
Secondly I am not familiar and never heard of any latin music my entire life. But later on I actually learned that music is a universal language. Specific parts of the music brings in different emotions.
As Mia Michaels, from the TV show “So you think you can dance”, once said “if you dance with your heart, your body will follow”. This is so true and every beginner dancer needs to keep in mind.
I am sure a lot of people are not comfortable when it comes to dance. Trust me when I started dancing I completely froze and couldn’t even make a single step. I was never really confident when it comes to dancing and performing in front of the audience.
Benefits of dancing:
- Teaches you Self-motivation and discipline.
- Healthier lifestyle
- More positivity and confidence
- Brings the competitiveness in people.
Things to be careful about:
- You might end up spending more hours than you initially planned for (However, it depends what you want to accomplish).
- Most of the dancing is at night time so if you have a day job this will get challenging.
I remember very well looking at people out social dancing and wondering if I will ever be able to dance for one complete song but I definitely wanted to figure that out myself. I never thought I could dance more than just a basic step and a couple of turns. What the heck I didn’t even know you can listen to music and dance at the same time.
But I kept this negativity aside and started taking classes. After a few classes and a lot of social dancing I was able to learn and get comfortable. I never had plans to perform on stage but one day I asked myself “WHY NOT?”. So I became part of a dance team and had the privilege to perform on stage. It certainly was a great experience:)
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion” Martha Graham
From my experience in the dance world which could be applied to anything in my life, I have learned that you just never know things you CAN do in your life. Just because someone said you CAN’T or you don’t have the skill doesn’t mean they are true. Just follow what you want to do and you will definitely be better than what you were yesterday.
I am so glad to share my dance journey in this blog and I would like to hear your story as to how and why you started dancing or feel free to just say hi:)