I'd been dancing off and on my whole life, but this was different.
I was fresh out of college and trying to figure out my life (which I still am, really, but I digress...). At a social event one night, I met someone who told me he was a salsa instructor and invited me to a free class. After a couple weeks of thinking about it, I decided to give it a shot. That night set me on a path that has changed me for the better.
Diving back into my love of movement was everything I didn't know I needed. I took classes in hip hop again, as well as started salsa, cha cha cha, bachata, modern, afro-modern, ballet and anything else I could get my hands on.
Now, this wasn't easy. As a text book introvert (and a shy one at that), having the courage to go to a class full of strangers was terrifying. There was a part of me that would try to talk myself out of going every time - for fear I would have to speak to people, for fear I would be noticed, stand out, do too much or not be good enough.
But something wouldn't let me quit. The challenge of it all made me fight for it. And the more I pushed through, the more I released judgement and was able to change the negative conversation in my head. The more I became comfortable with being uncomfortable, the more I pushed through to the other side and started to get in touch with who I could be instead of who I limited myself to being. Every time I dance, I get to tap into that person. The best part is, she stays with me off the dance floor and out in the rest of the world.
Teaching & passing this gift on to others for the last 8 years has been an amazing privilege. I'm so excited to meet you and share this awesome gift!