Recently Suzana came across an interesting article in the Dance Magazine: “The Dancer Identity: Do You Ever Stop Being a Dancer?”
When do we call ourselves dancers? When do we stop to be dancers?
The author told us her story and she put few excellent points there:
“Dancers have excellent time management skills, are both creative and pragmatic, collaborate well, can adapt to a variety of settings and personalities, can juggle multiple projects at a time and bring a level of commitment that is profoundly unique”.
No matter how much time we spend away from serious training, that technique, artistry, discipline and passion built us into Dancers.
Perhaps we never lose our dancer identity, and once this physical and emotional art-form has nested within your bones, it is in you forever. Dance is physically etched into our identity. We know our bodies better than the average person knows theirs. We share a common language. We have a deep ability to focus. We hear the rhythm of a song before we hear the words. We crave moving on a daily basis. We check our alignment in every mirror. We know the perils and rewards of hard work.
The characteristics that so often define a dancer may be developed through technical training, but they stay with us long after that training stops” (source: https://www.dancemagazine.com/are-you-still-a-dancer-2649041990.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3).
Exactly like that, many of us have sometimes practiced regularly and hard. Then some other circumstances happen and we stopped with our trainings.
No matter, as the author stated, once dancer, always a dancer.
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