Dear Dancer

Today I wanted to share a little something with you personally from my heart and my experience. As a person who loves dance and admires your talent and abilities to follow your hopes, dreams and your passion for dance, here are few tidbits that could make the road to success a bit easier to endure.

Whatever is your worry for “the day” will

probably subside into thin air the next day either by  solution or into faded history. Things that may truly be worth something in your life, you probably won’t see them coming.   So in short, less worry, life moves along at a certain pace with or without us, so go with the flow (it’s easy to flow when you are a dancer).

Angry about something, notice how much energy it takes. And if you ever said something in a mad rage, how many times have you really meant it? In fact you may live to regret it.   The lesson here is, forgive, forget and keep dancing.

Fears, what fears? Who doesn’t know as dancers that there are bad rehearsal days. Or there are  days you can’t get that step right for the life of you. Maybe you didn’t win a prize or even come close, at the last competition, so what, there are a million more! Start embracing and enjoying the battle, it builds character. Look at it as the challenge of fun getting it to all go smoothly. You are young, worth its weight in gold…won’t last forever.  So smile, it’a all good.

Stop wasting time; get to the heart of matters as they arise. Cut to the chase, where you can, for simplicity. It’s like a tennis game, get the ball over the net and you are at least half there. It’s interesting about time, do you think you’ll always remember everything you were doing, wanting or working for at the moment, probably not.

Down the line, it is the memory of what you created that will be most precious to you. You may want to be a dancer now, but will that still hold up in five years? It also means, not to be afraid. Speak up, act up, move up and get to where you need to be.  It’s also okay to change course in mid stream.  No law says you can’t, it’s great to clarify and substantiate.

So going forward, bring something good to the world. If everyone could just stop and think

about that alone, think how everything around us improves. Offer what you can instead of demanding what you can. Try not to take yourself too seriously. Revel in being satisfied.   It is such a great feeling to be at peace with yourself.

I leave you with thoughts on how much I admire you for your endeavors. Dancesport /Ballroom dancing is a beautiful, well-crafted art and requires many hours of training to excel at. If that is what you want…you can have it!

Thought Of The Week:

“Create the brightest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”    – Oprah Winfrey



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