I continue to learn from my 28-year-old daughter, the dancer.
As I write…she’s off living life…her best life.
This last year away from the sheltered environs of a ballet company, my daughter discovered, much to her delight and mine, that the dance world is bigger and more exciting than she ever imagined.
Auditioning for a few companies known for their contemporary repertoire, she met dancers from around the world as well as the United States. While competing for single digit job openings, there was not the subtle and not-so-subtle rivalry that can often accompany “cattle call” auditions for ballet companies. Yes, there were 95 auditioning for one or two jobs with a German company, but my daughter spoke highly of the amazing three dancers who were asked to remain, while she and the others were thanked and let go. Having made it to the last group of 12 was enough of an ego boost for her.
Earlier in the spring, my daughter again broadened her dance experience when she returned to Houston to work with the Grand Opera’s CARMEN. The director and a seasoned cast of NYC dancers were brought in for the production. For the first time my daughter was in the company of dancers whose careers ran the gamut from Broadway shows, to TV dance competitions and commercials, to feature films, to videos, to award shows. She felt giddy knowing she was among an elite group of professionals, but she loved them even more for how down-to-earth they were off stage. And they loved her as much it seems, for they encouraged my daughter to move to New York to join their ranks.
Already committed to train with a former mentor and coach, my daughter returned to Nashville several weeks ago. Working with the woman’s small, fledgling contemporary dance company my daughter will decide whether or not she will remain after the summer. Meanwhile she is having the time of her life.
My daughter thrives when challenged. She yearns to learn continually; she never wants to settle…to plateau. During these last few weeks, she’s taken…pointe-counterpointe and aerial classes.
Isn’t it interesting how opportunity knocks when you least expect it? A couple of folks who have seen my daughter in these classes have asked her to work with their companies as well, should she return to Nashville on a more permanent basis. One offer in particular caught her attention…to learn a Balinese-type dance. Currently, only one woman knows the solo and the director of the modern dance company feels certain my daughter would learn the piece in no time, and to perfection.
Talk about coming into her own.
Ballet companies tend to be hierarchical. Only a select few are designated the leads or the soloists. Dancers can wait years for their break-through moment. For some the opportunity never comes.
Happy to work where talent and hard work are the only criteria for being noticed, my daughter is loving the directors and dancers she has had the pleasure of being with as she grows ever more comfortable in her new skin as a contemporary dancer.
It’s true what someone recently told me…
…i’m only as happy as my least happiest child…
(Stay tune for “nurturing thursdays: choices…changes…part 2)
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She is incredibly optimistic as it is very difficult to enter these elite compnaies.
As a former dancer in many forms of dance, I know of he experiences. Her positive attitude and her awareness of the limitation of numbers will carry her through to wondeful experiences. Blessings to her on her journey.
Look forward to your part 2.
Very nice Nurturing …
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. They especially mean a lot coming from someone who’s…been there, done that. The dance profession is such a singular journey, patterned after one’s own talents, abilities, and strengths…as well as weaknesses. Focusing upon the former has always been my daughter’s guiding light. Of course she’s had moments of self doubt. Don’t we all, regardless of our chosen path in life? My husband and I continue to support her with our unconditional love and limited finances. hugs…
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It’s great to read about your daughter pursuing her dream. That certainty of knowing and actually doing is a powerful statement of who she is.
My daughter’s gained a lot of wisdom since she started her dance career. Stuff she’d never learn from a book, and much of which I wouldn’t have had a clue since I only danced for fun…not as a means of earning a living. hugs for your supportive words…
That is so exciting for her; the experience she is accumulating and enjoying is priceless! Now what about you, mamma? What are you doing for yourself — to nurture the importance in YOU?
Thank you for linking up! 😀
Thanks for reading part one. Part two, which I’ve also linked up, tells a tale of me doing a dance with…old age. hugs…
It’s happy news that your daughter’s doing so well. I hope her dreams for her career come true. It seems like these experiences were just what she needed. That’s great news! :)—Susan
You’re so right! It’s just what the “dance doctor” ordered…a year of finding out where her happiness lies. hugs for your thoughts…
So happy to hear that Andrea is happy and thriving! What variety of experience she’s getting!!
Very happy, thank you! A lesson for all of us…we can find happiness if we get off our butts and go looking for it. ha, ha.