(Following a friend's example, in honor of my 30th birthday I have decided to post 30 things I have accomplished in my life in 30 years. So for the remaining 12 days leading up to my birthday watch for a new post each day celebrating these 30 things.)
In my 30 years I'm not sure my parents nor I could count the number of tights, dance shoes, leotards, hair-ties, bobbi pins, hairspray bottles, dance costumes or the like that were purchased. I have been dancing since as long as I can remember and I am ECSTATIC that Pure Barre is opening a new location so close to my house so I can get back to it.
I certainly would not be who I am today without all my dance experience. It's obvious that I am not a professional dancer or anything, so it didn't shape my life experience by determining my profession or anything, but my life wouldn't have been the same without the YEARS AND YEARS of dance. It helped me to meet new friends when my family moved cities, it gave me structure and schedule, it taught me about hard work and practice, and it taught me to be comfortable in my own skin. Sure - it was YEARS ago - by my last 30 years wouldn't have been the same without all those dance troupes, dance competitions, or a WONDERFUL dance mom who was NOTHING like those crazy hurtful ones on TV.