Every dancer or performer has moments that stick with them where everything just clicks and you are overtaken by a feeling that is almost too amazing to describe. Maybe it was mastering a section of choreography, a specific move, your first solo, or making the cut for a certain dance you love. We were lucky enough to have our teachers take a moment to share some of theirs.
I will always say dancing in Disney since It’s an opportunity a lot of people don’t get to have. I was able to perform there 3 times and thinking about it always gives me goosebumps!
When I think of my best moments as a dancer, two very different experiences come to mind. The first took place during a rehearsal for a competition dance. The team was learning a challenging tap dance that required strong tap skills and flexibility. While I consider tap to be a strength, I was struggling because I’m not flexible. I knew I could get the tap steps, but there was a chance that I still wouldn’t make it into the dance because I needed flexibility in one section of the dance to match the rest of the group. As difficult as it sounded, I didn’t want to give up a chance to dance (especially in a tap dance!) so I developed a plan that included stretching every single day. By the time the audition came, my hard work paid off. I had strengthened the part that was my biggest weakness, and I really didn’t look much different from the rest of the group! I was so proud of what I had accomplished, and to this day I try to use that experience as a reminder to keep reaching for my goals.
The second experience that I consider to be one of my best moments as a dancer was dancing on stage in Walt Disney World. That was one of many performances that involved a lot of hard work, long rehearsals, and team building. Every second of those rehearsals was worth it when we got to dance on that stage. One of the best things about the Disney performance was watching the audience continue to grow each time we stepped on stage. By the time we got to “Proud to be an American,” our finale dance, the seats were full and crowds had stopped to watch outside of the seating area. My favorite moment was when we reached the sign language section of the dance. As soon as the music came to an end we received a heartwarming standing ovation. As a team we put our all into that performance, and that standing ovation made all of the hard work worth it!
My best moment as a dancer was when I performed at Disney World. The whole experience was amazing. The Disney workshop was a close second favorite but the performance was an amazing experience. Performing in front of so many people and getting a standing ovation at Disney was something I will never forget. Putting a smile on many faces was the best feeling ever. I wish I could relive that moment again.
My best moment as a dancer was performing in Disney and on multiple cruises.
My best moment as a dancer had to be achieving goals I set for myself, and always trying to make my self better than I was the day before.
I don’t know if I can only think of one moment or occasion, but a few that stand out are:
Being chosen by my teacher to be one of the dancers chosen to audition for “Star Search”.
My first time being called to the front of the room from the back to show the class how Frank Hatchett wanted something to look. ( He was a wonderful teacher at Broadway Dance Center in NYC who’s now passed. RIP “Fierce Frank”) Lastly, when I was chosen to do a solo for the very first time! I remember thinking I was in trouble when my dance teacher asked me to come into her office, but when I left I was dancing all around jumping up and down and couldn’t wait to get home to tell my parents!
My best moment as a dancer would have to be my first year making into petite company. I remember being so young and so nervous. I just smiled the whole time and did the best I could. When I say my name on the list (as we did back then) it was the greatest feeling. It made everything worth it for that day.
Best moment as a dancer would be the time I got to perform on TV after winning at Nationals with my team. Best moment as a teacher is watching my students perform at Disney and see how excited they were as the crowd kept getting bigger and bigger. As a Dance Mom the best moment was watching my daughter get crowned for coming in first place for her solos.
What are some of your best moments as a dancer? Share them in the comments below!