Walk Your Talk, Dance Your Circumstance
Dancers have always been notorious for being creative and doing things in their own unique way. In my 15 years in the ballroom as a dancer and instructor much of my personal life has been intermingled with my professional life. As a 27-year old mother I taught for all nine months pregnant with my daughter, Shannon. Now, as an eight-year old, she and many others will tell you of how she grew up in a ballroom with a reception area that looked like a nursery, sat at dinner with some of DVIDA’s most renowned professionals during a competition, had a beautiful ballroom gown appropriate for a Cabbage Patch doll personally sewn for her, and would strip down to her diaper and stand at the edge of her playpen and plead for help from students passing while Mommy was teaching. Needless to say, Shannon has had a very special childhood in the regard that she has been around dancing and dancers all her life and now she has a baby brother, Edward, who will have a similar experience. Many look at my husband, Roberto, and I and assume that because we own a business, work full-time, and have children, that life ends there. Many believe that our happiness is finished and our world revolves around everyone else’s happiness. The thoughts that life must be boring for us and that now we will begin to “feel our age” are in the eyes of many who know us. What no one realizes is that our CIRCUMSTANCES will not be excuses for living a life half-lived. No, Sir!!! Roberto and I are very excited to announce that our next adventure will be to pursue dance competition. Our first phase, to get physically prepared, will consist of healthy eating regimens, regular workout to build strength, flexibility, and endurance, and the most exciting part….TRAINING WITH AS MANY COACHES AS WE CAN GET OUR HANDS ON!!! Then on to the second phase, building and practicing choreographed routines. Then on to the third phase, traveling and competing. I am especially excited for this next part of our lives because, not only are we fulfilling a dream to travel and compete, but THROUGH THE MOTION and all of the students and teachers will benefit greatly because of all of the information and experience we will have to share. I have always taken from coaches who are still getting coached themselves and they have always delivered the richest information in the most enthusiastic ways. When it comes to choosing quality teachers for ourselves it’s pretty much like the difference between eating leftovers and eating a piping hot steak dinner fresh from the stove. Nothing beats taking from a dancer that is constantly making breakthroughs on their own dancing. What are your goals? Do you have some ambitions that have been put on the back burner and have been sitting there for a while? Are you going to let all those CIRCUMSTANCES get in your way and cause you to say things like, “I don’t have the time?” Everyone has the same 24 hours and if you don’t figure out what you want to do with your time there are plenty of people out there that would be happy to tell you what to do with it with their owns interests in mind. Are you going to say things like, “I don’t have time to concentrate on anything but my kids?” I am the first one to agree that family is VERY IMPORTANT, but one of these days those kids will be grown and building a life of their own and when they are no along around to tend to what will you have left? Don’t be put in a spot where you are standing there staring at your empty nest. Let your kids see you happy, driven, and blissful because of that one thing you decided to do for you. In the long run, your children will remember and admire you for it. All it takes is one step…one little thing to make you feel realigned and reawakened with a burning passion to make those dreams come true. For me, all it takes is a drive home at the end of the night, a good song playing in the car, and an imagination that is ready to choreograph the whole way home and feature myself as the main dancer. That is how I connect with Irene, the dancer…the dreamer…the believer. What is it going to take for you?