Everything rewarding comes at a price and to be able to enjoy the liberating and soar-like feeling of the Tango embrace, I had to work hard at it and look past all criticism from dancers and non-dancers alike. Now after years and years of classes, trainings, workouts, rehearsals, successful and failed performances, criticism, bullying and much more, I look back at the last 8 years of my life and feel pride; not because they were easy but because they were hard and I was able to stick to my passion.
Dancing changed me from within, before 21 I was that village girl who doesn’t express herself, who is shy, aloof, who struggles with low confidence and low self-esteem. A girl who prefers to remain silent even when her rights were exploited. Dancing made me strong, courageous and independent as it takes a lot of gut to show people your vulnerability on stage and to keep up with their criticism. Dancing healed me from stage fright and gave me meaning in my life. I dance to heal from my wounds, to find peace and solitude and to conquer the inevitable suffering of this world. I dance my sadness, my pain as well as my joy and liberty. At the end is not the whole existence in a state of dance between birth and death, light and dark, love and fear, misery and bliss? I dance because I feel complete, peaceful and Zen. I feel, during the tango embrace, that I need nothing more, that I have everything I want in this world and that I can give you everything for being in the blissful moment.
My humble advice to those who will read this is the following: A passion fully lived adds color, blessings, and happiness to your existence. Your passion, no matter what it is, gives meaning to your life; it makes everything worthwhile. Stick to your passion and follow it no matter where it takes you. You will never regret it and you’ll feel more alive than ever. People will criticize you, learn how to distinguish constructive criticism from the destructive one and use it to improve. People will be jealous of you because perseverance is not easy, be their role model and maybe they’ll learn from you. People will admire you, live up to their expectations and be their inspiration. But most importantly, people are of no consequence, it’s YOUR passion, it’s YOURS, it’s what makes you YOU, so it’s none of their business! Never give it up, your passion will always be there for you, like a safety net that catches you when you fall, like a warm blanket that makes you feel safe and home…
Dance, sing, write, sculpt, teach, paint, swim… Follow your passion for it shall complete you!