First, there was the marathon training.
Now I’ve added a few exciting dates to my summer calendar:
Yes, that’s right: I am finally doing something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS. I am going to Vegas this August for a 3-day dance teacher intensive!! Tickets are booked, babysitters are confirmed, and I am STOKED! They released the schedule this morning, and my excitement shot through. the. roof. 3 days of classes for teachers – not just taking the usual student classes as a teacher at the regular dance conventions. Just for teachers!
I can barely believe I’m going… I haven’t had a reason to for the last 7 years, and I was too broke and self-conscious before that. In other words…too young
Now though? I have an expense account for professional development, a husband who supports me, a crazy desire to better myself, and confidence to go all by myself to Vegas.
Crazy! I may be going to Vegas all by myself!! One of my friends may meet me there (and I may try and wrangle another one to come…!), but I could very well be there by myself and I am TOTALLY okay with that. How’s that for growth??
But oh, my goodness! I am so excited! 3 days of insane workshops, followed by a lovely day of spa goodness at the beautiful resort where the conference is being held. This is something I never thought I’d do. It’s incredible!
And if that wasn’t enough, I have even more lined up for the rest of 2012:
- Jazz, contemporary, and hip hop drop-in classes every week at Dance Code Studio
- ESB Junior Grades refresher in mid-August
- Triple Threat in Calgary, in November
- Groove Street in November
- Street Groove in February
Do you know HOW LONG it’s been since I’ve been able to do this kind of thing? YEARS. Literally. It’s been 7 years since I was a student in the ESB Teachers’ program, and 10 years since I’ve been able to afford workshops. I’ve only had to teach and choreograph an average of 2 dances a year since 2006. This year, I have between 13-18 pieces to choreograph, and possibly solos and duets…although I’m seriously considering contracting those out! The good news is that I am feeling more inspired that ever, but I want (and need!) to be on my game!
So bring it, Vegas! Take me back to my happy place. Let my feet fly and my body move.
It feels so good to be alive again