Only dancers get it.
When your done dancing. When the lights go down, and you've given your last performance.... For some it's relief, for some its an empty feeling. Many have spent their whole lives training, working, and living for the feeling only a performance can bring.
You grow up learning how to accept criticism, to work through pain, to strive to be better... every. single. day. Always working. Always Striving. Always moving to the music.
Only dancers get it.
The energy vibration a performance can bring. The rush of dopamine intertwined with the love of movement. The encapsulating feeling of the performance is safe and invigorating all in the same breath....that is if you remember to breath.
You have a hard time putting into words why you have stuck with dancing your whole life. It mainly comes down to the feeling. The vibration. The music. The smell of the hairspray. The weathered dance shoes. The holey tights that you can never seem to have enough of. The teachers and coaches that have cheered you along the way. The sweat and tears that few are privy to see. The way the stage or gym floor feels below your feet, or the applause after a heart felt performance when you know you left it all out there.
You don't have to explain it because other dancers get it.
We also get what it's like after you have your last performance. There are no dance teams later in life. You can't go just play a pick up game of dance team at the local YMCA.
For some, it can be hard. It's the closing of the last page of the many chapters labeled dance.
Run into someone that has danced and ask them if they still have dreams of dancing....the answer will most likely be yes....still chasing the feeling they once had during the performance, the applause, the indescribable energy felt....
For every dancer that has had their last performance. Keep dancing. Keep showing up to classes. Keep improving. Choose to share your passion of dance with others through mentoring, teaching, or coaching.
Nothing can ever replace the feeling of leaving your soul on a competition floor. It's indescribable and hard to put into words....
Only dancers get that.
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