Are You A Vessel

A vessel is a container used for holding contents. A vessel is solid. It is also an interesting way for dancers to reflect on what and who we are. Vessels are durable and can be very versatile. One day they can hold water and the next day the same vessel can hold a chocolate milkshake. As dancers, we are vessels too. We can start out not quite getting a step or a dance move and feeling not so secure about what we’re doing. But with determination and practice, suddenly what we thought was so hard becomes easy and fun. Symbolically, we can turn water into a rich, creamy, satisfying milkshake by being consistent and staying focused. Vessels are strong and have substance.

How well do you listen to instructions or your dance partner? Do you absorb and apply what you are learning to the best of your ability? Are you retaining new concepts and practices designed to make your workouts easier? Are you too sensitive when it comes to criticism and rejection? Are you holding your own or barely holding on? Vessels support and sustain. It is a good habit for dancers to embrace. Vessels have foundations and it’s what you put into them that really counts. We all have things to work on, but ultimately if we want to be the best of the very best dancers, we must endure by becoming sturdy vessels that can be depended on.

Conversely, a vessel can also be a large ship or boat. Just like an ocean liner sailing proudly across the ocean, dancers can also be likened to this kind of vessel. Are you “larger than life” when you perform? Are your dance moves polished, elegant and confident like a smooth sailing ship on the high seas? Vessels have grand style and so should you.

Hopefully your vessel is filled with hopes and dreams of being a successful dancer beyond compare, that one day finds you riding a huge crest of success. That’s what I wish for each and every one of you who dance because you want to and love it as a way of life!

Thought Of The Week:

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

Carl Sandburg



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website