Your Debt To Dance Ratio

Whether you realize it or not, there are checks and balances on almost everything in life. It’s obvious when we learn math or geometry in school, it’s all about making the numbers become relative to each other. Hopefully, it will help you when you have to balance your money or checkbook (which is a lot easier than doing geometry, if you ask me). There’s a balance to life where we have to fit everything in our schedules to make it work out; like going to school, going to work, our meals, our sleep and everything in between. You find out very quickly, how out of balance you are if you can’t coordinate your efforts to match your life style. Throw one or more things out of the norm into your routine and watch what happens to your law of order. It quickly changes into another dimension. Now, I will let you fill in the blanks, as to the thousands and thousands of possibilities and perimeters life can offer and take you to. In the long run, I do think you may come to the conclusion; it is either great for you, and you will adjust accordingly to make it work, or you will find out the hard way, you just went up the wrong ramp. Just a quick note, we’ve all been up the wrong ramp, it’s when we steer clear of that ramp in the future and try something else, that’s when life get’s interesting. There comes a point, when you can actually feel that something, “just feels right” or it doesn’t. That’s how we come to know, exactly what we do want!

You are so lucky if you love to dance and you know that you want to become a professional dancer. One good thing about becoming a professional in dancesport/ballroom dancing is, that, not everybody is going to be breaking down the door to become this kind of dancer. So, your chances are better at succeeding by pure virtue of fact, that it isn’t for everybody and it is not a typical job. That is the good news. The not so very good news is you better believe that the people who are all about dancesport, make it their life’s work and take it very seriously. On top of that, the world of dance is very competitive and full of people that are so talented; it is hard to get a leg up, so to speak, to outshine them. So, let me clarify this statement a little further and ask you a question at the same time, “exactly how much do you plan to spend,” to make it to the very top? Check your dance budget carefully.

Almost everything in life has a price. They also say that “time is money.” I can see both of these statements relating to a dancer’s life. What you put into something is pretty much what you will get out of it. In order to be good at anything, a great amount of time has to be expended to reach higher levels. Time is a key element in getting “real” with yourself, if you want to achieve dance perfection. There is no getting around this one at all. Without the time to put into dance, it almost doesn’t matter about anything else. Yes, you still have to do all of the other mandatory things in life, as discussed above, but time must be carved out to perfect your craft by learning, practicing and applying yourself to the higher good. If you love to dance, you must prove it.

On the flip side, did you ever notice, that if you do what you love, that it doesn’t seem like work at all?   The universe kind of feeds on your energy and you weave yourself into a world you have created in a most harmonious way. Great dancers admire other great dancers, dance teachers educate us and keep us on track, our peers keep us primed to interact socially and this is only the beginning. There will always be “dance challenges” too, unique positions, only us dancers face. But if your will is strong, somehow, you can always find your way. If you keep at it, you will be rewarded for following your life’s dream. This is where the Fordney Foundation may even be able to help you. Our non-profit organization awards prize monies to amateur dancers who dance competitively when they are in the Fordney Foundation Junior and Youth Dance Series offered by dance competitions. We also fund an annual scholarship at Brigham Young University who offer a degree in dance.

So, as you move forward with your dancing, let your time, money and energy equalize into a rewarding career you can be proud of. Here’s hoping your debt to dance ratio turns out to be a wonderful return on your investment!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

“The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.” – Mahatma Gandhi



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