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The fine art of dance has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, if you peek in my kitchen window on on any given evening, you might be witness to a break out dance-off featuring my kids to some Pandora track of Foo Fighters or The Rolling Stones.
These random “get your sillies out” sessions are the sure cure for any kind of trouble. And trust me when I say, at the risk of looking foolish, I willingly participate and often initiate these spontaneous performances. I can surely credit the many years in dancing school for kick-starting my love of music, dance and expression.
My sister and I started ballet and tap at 5, then chasséd in and out of classes for the next 12 years. One of the lasting things that dance taught me as a young girl is about self confidence. As an identical twin, we were often compared and contrasted. Taller, heavier, bigger eyes, longer face. We were conditioned to look for and measure differences between one another for a personal sense of identity. It felt very binary. This one is more (fill in the blank) and the other one more (fill in the blank.) I think that juxtaposition can have a lasting impact on self-awareness. It’s a pretty common dynamic in identical twins, and while there are considerable benefits to being one of two, there are also challenges directly related to socialization and confidence.
The onsite of dance class as far back as I can recall, provided tools for me to be an individual. It allowed me to stand by myself without the need for a partner to make me whole. It encouraged me to look within for continual improvement, instead of the results of another. It was a magic wand that channeled my need for individual expression, creativity and rewarding feelings of accomplishment – even if I didn’t produce the best kick-ball-change in the class.
But every time I moved, and expressed, and improved – I knew that I was working toward becoming a better version of myself and that made it all the more rewarding. The benefits of the physical activity complemented these new feelings and before I knew it, I was presenting myself confidently, instead of hiding behind others. It gave me lasting life skills and I’m so grateful for the experience.
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