On 3/19/17 I had the opportunity to go to Hip Hop & Breakfast. Its a dope get together that dancer/choreographer Ian Eastwood hosts at his home that boasts food, fun, and dance. After we had eaten and conversed, we out to the garage to dance.
As some of you may know, I am a classically trained dancer whose expertise (and heart) is in contemporary and modern dance. So its not like I was too out of place. But “uh-oh” was all I could think. I had brought sweatpants to change into just in case dancing was involved but I had not mentally prepared myself to dance. Sometimes I have to do that when I dance places. I constantly have to remind myself that I love to dance, that I know what I’m doing, etc. But today was different. I was in a space with absolutely INCREDIBLE movers. I was a contemporary dancer at an event called Hip Hop & Breakfast.
WHY WAS I DOING THIS TO MYSELF?
I was psyching myself out before I had the chance to do anything. I was letting myself get insecure about something that I had no business being insecure about. But I eventually got over it.
Songs were playing. People were dancing. KILLING IT might I add. I watched people destroy beats, learn music as they danced. Though I was inspired, I got more and more scared by the minute. But I was brave. When I heard a song that I connected with, I got out there and moved.
It was almost like I came alive. I got lost in the music. I was moving was had never moved before. I was letting the music inform my body. I was dancing. It felt amazing. I was so proud. But imagine if I had let fear stop me from stepping out and moving?
Bravery is when you step out and do something despite fear. Don’t always think about the outcome, consider the process.
I want someone to know that sometimes, it is impossible to kill all of the negative thoughts in your head. But when you step out and be brave despite fear and negativity, you build inner strength.
I encourage everyone to step out and like Nike said, JUST DO IT!
Below is some footage from my dancing at the get together! Enjoy!