11/3/2011 4 Comments
OK Dance Fans, bear with me - I'm starting a blog. Those who know me well know I'm not what you would call
"technologically savvy", but I'm being led into this world and just like a woman on the dance floor - I must follow. The topic of this ground breaking new blog: excuses!
We've all heard the saying, "Excuses are like a^*holes, everybody's got one." Well, not anymore! Right here, right now - I'm debunking that phrase, as it pertains to dancing. (Of course, you'll still have that ever important orifice - I'm only hoping to eliminate the excuses...let's keep it clean people;)
As a teacher, I hear every excuse imaginable as to why people can't (or don't) dance. Allow me to throw some reality your way. I have two glorious children under the age of two. Both were c-sections, and the youngest is 3.5 months old. I've been back on the dance floor for at least a month now, and yes, I'm out of shape and breathe a little heavier than I used to - but dancing is going to solve both of those issues! What a fun, brilliant solution:) And with two kids it is hard to find the time to dance; but I'm always amazed at how many people accomplish So Much... seemingly with the same 24 hrs I get everyday. Maybe the time I waste wishing there were more hours in the day could be used bustin' a move...hmm.
It's not my intention to toot my own horn, I'm merely speaking of my experience. To further illustrate my point, (and blow your mind), I want to tell you about a student I'll remember my entire life. Before meeting him, I used to say to people, "If you can walk, you can dance". This man made me rethink that statement because he walked into my studio using a cane. He couldn't walk unassisted - he had MS. But his daughter was getting married and he wanted to dance with her on her wedding day. (Yes, you should be reaching for tissue about now). So we started slow and built up his strength and flexibility. In the end, he was able to keep time, lead a turn, and turn himself. His dream of dancing with his daughter on her most important day came true because he didn't indulge excuses!
We've probably all seen (via video, if not in person) people in wheelchairs dancing. I personally know a salsa dancer who only has one arm. I could go on, but do I need to? (And I think these blog things are supposed to be short...whoops.)
What I'm trying to say is Damn the excuses! Be thankful for two left feet and bad rhythm because it means you're trying. That's all any of us can do.
See ya' on the dance floor:)
11/4/2011 01:51:13 am
Allison, You are going to do so well. You have the perfect internal gift of teaching. I still have many excuses...
11/4/2011 03:43:59 am
You're right....I should not be making excuses and in fact, we tried to redance our wedding dance last night and...thanks to you we remembered most of it!! We just need to get it on the calendar just like any other "appointment". Thanks girl!
11/17/2011 10:44:46 am
Allison, I am so proud of you for going after your dream. It's not everyday that you get to do what you love and get paid for it. I only wish you lived closer so you could teach me a move or two. love ya--chantel
7/19/2012 04:26:59 am
Such a nice blog, I created an account here too.
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