Complimented by a sky blue tutu, she was standing in first position on the cold elementary school gymnasium floor. Over the intercom she heard the cue the music would start. Kermit the Frog began strumming ‘The Rainbow Connection’. Perfectly timed mini ballet jumps to chords - da, da-da, da, da, da-da. Butterflies in the stomach transformed into the feeling of sunlight peeking through the clouds as pure bliss radiated from her smile.
Her first dance competition opened up the world of possibility, a thirst for more performances and opportunities. The discipline and repetition of plies, ronde jambe’s, and leaps across the dance floor were providing her a structure of balance and creativity. Showing her a world of dreams, desire and passion. With hard work and heart dreams could come true.
The dance floor carried her from little girl with a tiara, to a young woman filled with emotion and photos painted in her mind of what the world could be like. The art of dancing told her story, happiness, sadness, emptiness, even flawed perceptions. The dance studio was her sanctuary - providing peace, love and hope. Sprained ankles, bruises, and falls to the floor inspired her to always get back up, to try again.
The fire inside her kept her stargazing, even when the flame felt like paper thin ashes. The confidence she once held on the dance floor, took many blows on the stage of real life. Health obstacles, relationship woes, accomplishments, and setbacks, manipulated her perception of what she thought she could have and what she had. Often diminishing her dreams and expanding her fears, as the passion took a back seat.
Slowly opening her heart to the world, she started understanding that passion was the difference. The slight edge that one person, business or performance used to move another to evoke an emotion, make a decision, buy something, or feel. To feel connected in her world meant change. Making room for dreams to grown, goals to be achieved, and to-do-while-living lists to be checked off.
The magic of Kermit’s spell on the dance floor has surfaced. Allowing all her wishes and passion to expand the dreams inside and see the world in a whole new light. Once half asleep, she is answering to the call to feel and to dream bigger.