As you already know, I was a dancer for most of my life before I hurt my knee and my world came crashing to a halt. My identity has always been “Stormi-the dancer”, but I would never dance again. Who was I now? Well, I had always been a teacher off and on, and they say those that can’t….teach. So I started teaching. Even when I moved back home I still looked around until I found a studio that would take me. You see, it gets harder to find a studio to call home when you’ve been “out of the field” for so long, but I found a place that I thought would do. However, I was wrong. Working at a studio that didn’t put children’s safety first wasn’t a place for me. I sent out my resume looking for another studio to call home, but got no bites.
Four years later, after several moves and no responses, I came to the determination that this was yet another chapter of my life that I needed to close. So I gave away my dance shoes and buried the desire as much as I could. Then just recently I received an email from a dance studio. They wanted me to teach! Seriously?!! It’s been five years now! I had no shoes! I had also just started a job that didn’t let me have a lot of flexibility. When I informed the studio of this I thought surely this would be the end. That this opportunity was sent as a torture of my inability to once again do something that I had loved so much to do. But the studio redid their schedule just so I could teach! That’s when I realized that this was shocking new destiny. Fate if you would have it. Proof that this was what I was supposed to be doing right now whether I knew it or not.
I was full of anxiety and excitement when I went to teach my first class. Did I still have it? Could I still captivate their attention and teach them stuff they didn’t know? Knowing that I had experienced the best training possible from White Oak Dance Academy I decided to stick to the techniques that had proven to turn many young bodies into professionals that loved their jobs. And even though it’s only been a couple of weeks, the kids are having a blast and show signs of improvement each week! I guess I still had it after all! Nothing is cooler than witnessing change that you caused and encouraged. It fills your heart with pride to the point of almost bursting! And even though I know when I go back to school next semester it will get a lot more crazy, I’m loving that I’m making a difference in these girls and boys lives. I hope to keep it up!
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!