There is something unexplainable that comes over you when you dance. For me, this moment of pure, unexplainable joy comes when I’m leaping, turning, and landing an acro trick. This feeling is freeing. You feel on top of the world, even if it feels like your life is crashing down at your feet. In an instant, the anger, frustration, sadness, or anxiety is released. For a person whose words don’t like to cooperate with them, dance is the perfect release. When I’m happy, I dance. When I’m sad, I dance. When I’m angry, confused, anxious, scared, worried, stressed, I dance. It’s how I work out what is going on in my mind. Music and movement are where I find comfort and clarity.
My favorite thing to do is run into a dive cartwheel or an aerial. In that moment when my hands leave the ground or when I’m in mid-air I feel like I’m flying. Time stands still for a moment and everything else melts away. This also happens when I’m in the middle of a complicated turn sequence like multiple fouettes, or pirouettes into coupe turns. I feel like I am on top of the world and nothing can break me. I’m a caged bird that has been set free.
Albert Einstein said, “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”