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Why I Love Dance!

"The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs." ~ Charles Baudelaire

Hey sweetie pies, so as many of you may already know, I have been dancing since the age of 8. My mom put me in dancing classes at a local studio in my hometown of Rayville, Louisiana. I think my mom had two agendas when she enrolled me into dance classes. One, she didn't want me to develop a sedentary lifestyle and two, she wanted to see if I had the dancing capabilities that she had. That's right, my mom was also a dancer. She danced throughout her high school years on the same dance team that I later became apart of. I remember having so much fun going to dance classes every week and seeing friends from school. Once I was 13, I said that I would continue to dance at that studio until I graduated high school. Needless to say, I didn't leave that studio until my second year in college and that's only because I couldn't keep up with college and all my extracurricular activities plus commuting to Rayville for studio classes. I went on to dance in the high school dance team, Stingers, and it was quite the experience!

I got to go to dance camps (which were ALWAYS fun) and won awards such as UDA All Star and got to compete to earn ribbons. I was always challenged at summer dance camps which I really liked. I also had the blessing to serve as captain two years which was a big honor to me. I got to help choreograph some of the routines that we performed at halftime. Little did I know, that I would go on to do some much more. 

Late Fall of my senior year in high school, I auditioned for the Repertory Dance Ensemble at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I remember getting a call during Stinger practice from one of the dance professors saying that I made the ensemble! I was so elated. I was going to get to dance during my college career! 
I was challenged continuously during my years at ULM. I grew up as a woman and as a dancer immensely. I got to travel out of state to train and perform, plus I got to meet so many other dancers who shared the same passion as I do! My professors and colleagues alike were amazing and they pushed me to reach my full potential. I got a lot of experience in not only performing, but also in teaching, staging AND costuming due to taking Dance as a minor in college. Dancing in college made me realize that dancing was just something that I did, Dance is who I am. I knew from there on out, no matter where life took me, dance would be a part of it.

Fast forward to now, I am getting to do what I love again. After not dancing for 2 long, miserable years I am back performing and training again and I couldn't be more grateful! In my eyes, any opportunity to move period is a blessing. I love dancing so much! It is definitely one of my first passions and I thank God for giving me this talent and passion.
The reasons why I love Dance:
1. Dance has gotten me through a lot of difficult times in my life. When I can't make sense of a situation, I dance it out!
2. Dance has taught me many things such as compassion, empathy and discipline just to name a few.
3. I can communicate exactly how I feel through dance, no matter the emotion.
4. I feel strong, confident, beautiful, majestic, magical, and powerful when I dance. I feel like I can be anyone and do anything.
5. Dance is one of the few things in my life that humbles me greatly but I still work my butt off continuously for. 
6. Dance connects so many people from so many walks of life. I am so grateful for every. single. person that I've met through dance. 
7. Dance just makes me SO HAPPY!

***Photos by Jonathan Ivy Photography. I had the pleasure of working with him during a Blogger + Photographer put on by Samantha of The Pink Envelope, Also big thanks to Maggie of Bramble and Bee for letting us use her beautiful floral studio!
What's something that makes you happy? Share in the comment section below!

As always, XO and Stay FAB! ~ Stormie J

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