Wow, it is already 2018. This has probably been one of the fastest years ever, then again I’ve only experienced 15.
This past year held a lot of growth. The Rock was a great experience to grow my dancing and senior company has brought many new challenges for me not only as a dancer, but as a person as well.
I have faced the much-needed action of being back at the bottom of the food chain. After two years of being at the top of junior company going into senior company gave me some forgotten perspective. We all start at the bottom and must work towards the top. I am so happy to be back at the beginning, to take time to grow and get better. I know this sounds like crap, but really, enjoy your time at the bottom. Savor this time where you aren’t the focus and you are just a part of the corps, you still matter just in a different way. Make the most of your time, you get so much more out of a bad day if you keep trying rather than giving up.
It is my biggest piece of advice for the next year; keep trying even when it sucks. It is cheesy and it has been said a million times, but it helps immensely. This last year I learned the hard way to keep trying even when it sucks. A crappy class where I feel nothing is going right is not the time that I want to think positive, but I realized the more I told myself to make something out of those off-days the less they happened. Not even that the off-days wouldn’t occur, but they would go from useless to so much more. Don’t get me wrong, I know this sounds ludicrous, and it is really hard, but so worth it. It does suck when you’re not doing what you know you are capable of, but just telling yourself to try your best despite that, reaps benefits. Classes that feel they couldn’t go anymore downhill begin to teach you new things. You’ll discover new things and realize new ways of achieving your goal (whether it be to point your foot all the way or get quadruple turns) you would have never come across other ways.
Going into this new year, I hope you take this advice with you. It may sound cliché and silly, but it really does work wonders. Whether it be in your dancing or anything else, please keep trying.
P.S. Happy New Year everybody! I know for me this year has been all over the place, but hey, no year is absolutely perfect. I hope everyone got a lot of rest and relaxation as they head back into class this week. Here is to 2018!