It's TRUEsday today and I haven't written a TRUEsday post in a while. The past few days, I've been walking around with a cartoon shaped, rain cloud over my head. I've been miserable and grumpy. It's time for a TRUEsday. So here it is...
A few years back I decided to take a huge leap of faith. I quit my job, sold my car and decided to go to dance school. I auditioned, got in, and didn't want to look back forty years from now and wonder "what if?" So off I went. Teachers were brought in from across Canada to teach two, three and four week sessions. I was in a dance studio from 9-5, Monday to Friday. It became work. I realized that I loved dance, but I didn't have the true passion for it that was required for a career in dance. I decided it was best to keep it as something that I loved to do while I earned a living doing something else.
I had one teacher in particular that I connected with. His name was Marc Boivin. He taught a form of modern dance called Limon Technique (based on Jose Limon's dance company). Most teachers worked in a fusion of the main modern dance techniques (Graham or Cunningham technique), but Limon definitely seemed to fit my style and aesthetic the most. There were big expansive movements and a jumping sequence that I still remember the rhythm to.
I remember at the time thinking of Marc as a beautiful person. Not only to watch him dance, but how he communicated and shared his dance experience with his students. The one thing that I have carried with me over the years, and I've used in many aspects of life, not just dance, is what he taught me about acknowledgment of feelings. He said that there will be days that you go to the studio and you will be tired. You won't feel like dancing. You won't feel like creating. To get through that, his advice was to just acknowledge how you're feeling. Acknowledge, accept, and move forward.
I still think of Marc saying those words, and more often than not, I seem to move past the feelings that I acknowledge. So here I am, acknowledging TRUEsday, acknowledging the feelings and tiredness I've felt over the past few days. I have a feeling that waking up on June 2 will be a fresh start. What better day than Wednesday to make a fresh start?
UPDATE: Check out my teammate's thoughts on teaching and engagement.