It doesn't seem that long ago that everything in my bedroom consisted of pink ballet slippers, tutus, and music. I can even imagine the light switch plate I had with a pair of pointe shoes painted on it! One tradition I have continued is that my Christmas tree is always decorated with ballet ornaments
My world was ballet. For two summers in junior high, I left my family for five weeks in the summer to study at an intensive youth ballet program. I loved it. I performed in several ballets including The Nutcracker and Cinderella. My family was supportive of my love for the arts. My father even performed as a parent at the party in The Nutcracker alongside me and my mother was always there to cheer me on.
There's something about dancing I can't explain. I always loved expressing myself through the classical art of ballet. The style, the beauty, the romance, the music, and the stories. I really danced from the heart and it still speaks to my heart.
There were ups and downs along the way and I eventually decided to try sports, musical theater, and make time to be an average teen. I had a great time. I was active in high school plays/musicals, on the dance team, and in sports. I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world but I have never lost my passion for dance.
The discipline of ballet has really helped me become who I am today and I will always hold a special place in my heart for this beautiful art.