Wow!! After four days of nonstop dress rehearsals, tech runs and performances, dance recital has come to an end! Hundreds of dancers got to perform in the end of year show, to show off all the hard work they have been doing over the past couple of months. Each year, the recital is based on a different theme, and this year’s theme was “A Trip to the Art Gallery”. There is always so much excitement around recital weekend, and I am honored to have all these opportunities to do what I love.

In today’s post, I will talk a bit more about my own passions and the challenges I encountered pursuing them. I will also share some insights on what YOU can do to overcome these types of challenges. Enjoy!

So, in total, I performed in four shows and eleven dances over the course of the weekend, and I also helped out with the younger dancers. It was quite busy at times, but the joy I get from giving my gift of performance makes it all worth it! As a teaching assistant, I also enjoyed sharing the excitement of recital weekend with my pre-ballet class, who performed as an adorable group of black kittens!

I have been dancing ever since I was four years old, but it wasn’t always a walk in the park. There have been many times where I felt discouraged with my ability, times where I felt like I simply wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t very flexible and I felt like I didn’t fit in. I almost wanted to quit. Yet years later, here I am, still dancing proud with my head up high.  

One year ago, I strained my voice while being involved in a theatre production. Being ill and yelling on stage isn’t a good combination!! When this happened, I couldn’t sing properly for three weeks, and I was terrified of straining it again for many months after! I know it may sound like a trivial thing, but at the time, I thought it was the end of the world. Everyone of us has probably experienced hardship in life, but hey, failure isn’t a roadblock, right? “Failure” is instead a crossroad of new opportunities!

It is during the hard times where I realized that I had two options. I could take the “easy” route and give up, or I could work my hardest until I became the dancer or the singer I dreamed to be. Of course, I chose the latter, and that turned out to be one of the best choices I have ever made. To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done. You must do it 100% full-out, with confidence, discipline, and conviction, and most importantly, you should NOT TURN BACK!  Do not let anyone ever tell you that you aren’t good enough, or that you will never achieve your goals in life. Keep moving forward, trying new things, and doing what you love, and you will be surprised at all the doors that open up once you start implementing this process.

Anyway, recital weekend 2017 is definitely one I will remember! I had so much fun and I enjoy watching little ballerinas grow up into confident young women over the years. And finally, my passion is performing, but what is yours? Whatever it is, never stop pursuing it and you will be able to make some great contributions to the world!

Zoe, Miss Teenage Nova Scotia 2017

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