Simply said, diversity is the quality or state of being, composed of many different elements or types. I think this word describes dancers perfectly! As competitive dancers will tell you, it’s hurry up and learn this step or routine, so you can quickly learn five more steps in time for the show and of course, don’t forget to pick up your costume that you just had made for this competition (you still need to try it on) in time to catch your plane that leaves in two hours. Now that’s diversity at its best. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Diversity exists everywhere as a dancer. Here are some examples of diversity you may encounter. In your career as a professional dancer, there will always be the next dance (you must learn), steps to perfect, style and body form you must have, indicative of only “that one particular dance,” that cannot be confused with the next dance you are performing that has a completely different style and body form. Costumes constantly have to be bought or sewn, updated and repaired. And if you are still growing, tossed away. There will always be different towns, cities, states and countries to perform in. There are several different teachers, mentors, coaches and professionals that will be part of your life. And it really helps to be fond of people because you will be dancing with many different dancers throughout your career – get used to change. What, all this and you still have to go to school and study, get good grades and graduate? You do, you will, and you’ll be very proud of yourself that you did achieve all of these things, diverse as it all may seem.

In America we have freedom of choice. But I will tell you this, if you do not eat right and get the full amount of sleep your body requires, your body will have the last word. Diversity exists here too, in that there is so much temptation when it comes to food. Try to be in tune with what your body needs and I will assure you that it will make it that much easier to get ahead.

What a dancer must go through in his or her career is likened to a career in politics. One must always be prepared, know what you’re doing and carry yourself well (even if you don’t know what you’re doing), smile a lot, genuinely like people, and be prepared to fall on your face once in awhile.

No one said it would be easy, but it sure will be interesting. Think of all those crazy stories you will have to tell your grandchildren!

Thought of the Week:

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon



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 https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/