Tip, Tap, Toes

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

― Rumi

Dancing brings freedom to the mind, soul, and body. I could not imagine my life without dance. I have been dancing for 13 years and have not regretted a moment. It is one of the places that I resort to, when I feel stressed, overwhelmed, or just flat out creative. There is something about creating art with my body that makes me feel like I’m paint on a canvas. Dance truly is about painting the choreographer’s picture and displaying their work of art, on a stage, with our bodies. Why don’t people dance more often? Dancing is one of the most challenging sports and forms of art. It not only takes artistic abilities, but also agility, a sense of rhythm, and commitment. When I’m on stage, the warm lights beat on my face. Then, like a roaring thunder, the music begins. It feels like home and the world around me is gone. The only thing that exists is the music and the other dancers. The performance on stage can be compared to the different components that are required for dancing. the music is the artist’s paint brush, the dancers are the paint, and the stage is the canvas. Together, we work as one team; one body; one motion; to create one ever flowing work of art.

There are many different types of dance; more than I can name, but I can name the one that makes my heart sing the most…BALLET!!! Oddly, that is the one form of dance that many people think is as easy as a shoe with Velcro. HA! All I can say is HA! There was a study done by my absolute FAVORITE competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” that tested the dancers’ physical abilities and compared them to other athletes. The study showed that the dancers were in just as great of shape as the most elite, Super Bowl status football players! Pretty awesome, huh? I know from my personal experiences of taking time off of dance that it is very physically demanding. I found that trying other exercises didn’t quite give me the same defining results. Ballet uses literally ALL of the muscles in your body when done properly. Ballet is flat out wonderful! It can be considered a sport and an art! Ballet requires the use and tightening of muscles from the neck and all the way down, at every moment, and it requires an open mind to release creativity.

With all of that overwhelming information, what did we learn today? That dance is an art? Yes. That dance is a sport? Yes to that, also! However, what have I been talking about? Art of course! My definition of art is anything that a person puts their full passion and effort into.  A sport can also be art! Shocking, I know. Just remember when you are questioning whether you’re artistic or not, art is from the heart!

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