This was the first dance recital I wasn’t in since I first started dance in kindergarten. That’s 13 years of classes and recitals at the same studio. And after graduating last year, I realized how much I missed dancing at my studio, so I was determined to go to at least one show this year. It was wonderful. Seeing all my friends and the teachers was so heart warming. Once people realized it was me they all rushed to hug me. It made me feel so good and so loved.
Then when the show started I came so close to crying. During the opening number I was just so overwhelmed. I was reminded again of how much I enjoyed dancing there, how many people I met, and how much of a tradition recitals were. I mean, I miss my dance studio more than I miss any school I attended. It just made me so emotional. But yes, seeing all the girls was great. I just wish I could have seen them for a little longer. I love my dance studio. The studio and just dance in general will always be a part of my identity.
So dancers out there, cherish every class you take; Every teacher and teammate, every turn, kick, and pose, and even every fall. When you make a transition from high school to college and have to leave that part of your dancing behind, you will realize how much the foundations of your dance career mean to you. Those are precious memories.