I think it’s a safe thing to say that none of us make our journeys alone. Whether seen or unseen, there are always guiding forces which help to lead us on our way and onwards towards the many waypoints of our lives. Our guides can come in many forms. Some are people, others are audition results, or they can even just be our own personal feelings. Personally though, I must acknowledge that throughout my life I have had several extraordinarily influential people who have helped to guide and inform me on my own artistic journey.
First and foremost would be my immediate family, who for as long as I can remember have unconditionally supported me and encouraged me in every endeavor. It is ultimately to them that I owe most of my accomplishments to, as I’ll never forget the great lengths to which they went (and continue to go) in order to aid me in whatever way that they can. Of course, not all gifts are given. Many of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from my parents have come about simply by observation alone. Nobody is perfect of course, and watching my parents work through their own challenges helped to further inform me about the difficulties of the world, and of the trials of humanity which I would come to later address as an artist working in the world at large.
Secondly, I have to acknowledge the hundreds upon hundreds of hours spent with my dance teachers. They in many ways became parents of a sort; someone who only wants the best for you, even if they have a funny way of showing it. (And of course by funny I mean not funny whatsoever. We all know how it is haha, good training doesn’t come easy.) In the multitude of hours I’ve spent in dance studios, I’ve come to hear countless stories and life experiences that my teachers went through, and from those I’ve been able to gain a better perspective on the dance world as it truly is, as opposed to how I might dream it to be. With those extra bits of knowledge at hand, I’ve found myself to be far more prepared to handle my own experiences in the world of dance, thereby further helping me to overcome the challenges of my own journey one step at a time.
Then again, I also recognize that there are plenty of resources for guidance outside of our family and instructors. There’s been an incredible surge of content creators across social platforms such as Youtube & Instagram, where an endless amount of people are devoting their entire channels to spreading messages of hope and positivity. Our friends and partners are also excellent sources of guidance, as we may relate to them much more in our own experiences and gain new insights because of that. Ultimately, sources for guidance, comfort, and inspiration are all around us, if only we take a moment to look!
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Juilliard Dance 2020