For the past two seasons, I've created a rep for being in the max number of dances the company allows (which is six for those of you following along at home). Last year, money was tight for me without a full time job, but I moved around money to make it work. I needed the feeling of coming to rehearsal six hours a week to pour every emotion I had into that night's dance. Now I have that full time job, as a high school ELA teacher in Boston Public Schools, but with it comes more responsibilities and requirements from my school. It pained me to email Jen (our fearless leader) to tell her I'd have to drop out of auditions and just come for the showcase because of school related stuff. It also pains me that I am only able to be in five dances (such horror, you all must be thinking!). And while many of you hear me complain outside of the dance world about how stressed I am and how I'm always working or constantly tired, why would you expect anything less than five dances from me?
So why do I dance even when my work schedule is crazy? Well, like I've said before, I need to dance. It is part of me. But now more than ever, I need dance to give me an escape from my everyday life. I need to know that I am doing something for myself, multiple times a week. Somewhere I don't have to think about my students, lesson planning, if my school is going to get shut down at the end of the year, or how my students steal my stuff. I can forget about stressful co-workers and insane administrators. I can temporarily neglect every adult responsibility I have for one hour on Tuesdays, one hour on Wednesdays, and three hours on Sundays. If I have a bad day at school, I can look forward to seeing the smiling faces of friends who will make me laugh while doing something that I will never lose my passion for: Dance.
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