At that point in time, I did not. I researched Misty Copeland quite thoroughly and after watching multiple videos of her online, I was enraptured by her movement. I decided I wanted to give it a shot.
That summer I enrolled in ballet classes at Alabama Dance Theatre. Ballet was not what I expected it to be. It was so much more complex and difficult than I had anticipated. I had played sports and I had played instruments, but this was the hardest endeavor I had ever attempted.
I told myself I would take ballet for a year and if I was not feeling more competent then I would quit. At the end of the year, I wasn’t worried whether I was better because dance had become so much fun. The other genres, like jazz and modern, were especially fun, but for me ballet was the most alluring, because it is so mentally and physically challenging.
I can’t explain enough how dance has impacted me in other aspects of life. It has taught me dedication and perseverance. I am grateful dance was brought into my life.
Photography Credits: Richard Calmes, David Robertson Jr.
Videographer Credits: Charles Sanford, Jared Johnson