When I was 2 and a half years old my mom enrolled me in dance school as many moms of little girls do. Ever since that day dancing has not only been something that I love to do but simply part of who I am. I learned dances like ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. If you knew me as a kid and young teen you would have never thought of me as a dancer because I was so shy. Nevertheless dancing was my passion and I loved it so much and even though I was shy in dance class when I was home dancing by myself in front of no one, I shined. I danced full out and my steps were full of emotion. Dance was my escape and still very much is. I just couldn’t show the rest of the world how great I truly was.
When I was around 14 years old I was tired of the dance school I was apart of but didn’t want to stop dancing so I decided to join Ballroom Dancing. After trying out a couple of schools I finally found the one that felt like home.
I had great teachers who saw shyness but also saw my potential and inspired me to break out and just showed me how to simply have fun while dancing. There was no pressure, they taught everyone at their own pace and made everyone seriously feel like superstars. I learned social dances such as salsa, cha cha, tango, waltz and swing. Ballroom dancing really started to push me out of my shyness. I socialize better and taught me how to properly dance with a boy (talk about awkward at 14) But before you knew it dancing with a guy became second nature to me. I would dance with anyone without hesitation. I started to feel more comfortable in my skin. I wasn’t shy to move my hips in my latin dances and to jump around freely during my jive. I started to really break free. I even formed a team where me and two other guys and girl would come up with choreography and perform it.
While I was more confident in my dancing it wasn’t till a really special teacher came into my life that I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone. She is a competitive ballroom dancer who started teaching me the competitive style of ballroom. This is when ballroom dancing gets really hard, but I loved it this was exactly what I needed. She pushed me to really utilize my whole body, to express myself while dancing and she never made steps easier so I could retreat back to my old ways. She waited and worked with me until I got that move and I did it right. She was never mean or hares she simply showed me my potential, she empowered me and told me that I could do it. I REALLY FINALLY started to break the walls down, to push myself and be more expressive in my movements. She is truly molding me into the dancer I always wanted to be. I can only go up from here.
Well, after explaining all that how did Ballroom change my life you ask? I am not only more confident in my dancing but am all around a more confident person. I am more outgoing and way better at socializing and when I go to parties I am not afraid to show anyone my moves. It has generally made me a happier person and I am so grateful for it.