Friends told me I’d feel overwhelmed around this time. And as companyONE nears its debut performance event, I've found that my friends were right. But that overwhelming feeling doesn't stem from worry or concern or out of fear. I'm not nervous about our parents doing their part to support their kids. I'm not worried about our enthusiastic young artists taking the stage with confidence and purpose. I trust them wholeheartedly. But I do feel overwhelmed.
I am overwhelmed by my students' love--by their love of the art of dance, for each other and for this amazing dance family that has grown so close in such a short period of time. Their love is powerful. It’s unifying. And it hasn’t once wavered.
Steven and I feel honored to witness the ways their love informs their movement and how it inspires self-expression. Their love motivates them to be the hardest worker in the room. Their love gets them to the studio 20 minutes before call time and sees that they rehearse themselves in the lobby of our space. Their love embraces each other’s differences and celebrates each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Their love is a force, an entity so powerful that it has completely transformed them as dancers and as artists. What a unique opportunity it has been to be a part of this movement.
I have realized, especially in the final days before our first regional event, how lucky we all are to be a part of companyONE. This movement boasts an environment in which everyone is willing to work towards the common goal of constantly progressing, evolving and growing. This movement—our movement—boasts an environment in which the directors care deeply about every aspect of this experience, the parents trust and support us, and the dancers want nothing more than to be provided the tools to have fruitful professional dance careers. This movement boasts an environment where even days before our performance debut, Steven and I feel excited and proud; rather than anxious and fearful.
So, yes, I’m totally overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed knowing that this beautiful dance family will take the stage with nothing but positivity in our hearts and continued success on our minds. If this is what my friends meant by feeling “overwhelmed,” I’ll take it. Every. Single. Day.