executive director of everybody Dance Now!

Sharing my journey. living out my passion. Persisting through struggles.

Hoping to serve as inspiration for others TO Follow where their hearts lead. 

How do you develop passion? You don't. You find It

I am a dancer. I've been one my whole life. I just didn't always know it. Today, I can't go very long without dancing or thinking about dancing.

So how did I develop a passion it? In all honesty, I didn't. Maybe that's disheartening, especially if you were looking for a secret on how to love what you're doing more. You can only find your passion, or perhaps rediscover it.

My freshman year in college, I went with my friend to a local jam. I had never been to one and figured it would be a unique experience. Approaching the gym, I could feel the bass rumbling through the hardwood and shaking my entire core. My excitement grew as we approached the entrance. I walked through the doors in anticipation. I saw that the venue was dotted with small groups of people - some chatting, some spinning on their heads, some gliding across the floor and others patiently waiting for the competition to start. I had no understanding of dance terminology, music, or culture, but from my first steps into that space, I knew I belonged. 

I moved to a crowd that had formed a small circle around three middle-aged guys. I slipped through to get a glimpse of what could possibly be drawing their attention. I saw these dancers defy what I thought the human body was capable of. Keeping my gaze on them, I nudged my friend and asked

"Hey, what are they doing?"

"Oh that's popping."

In that moment, I had found my style. I hadn't the slightest clue on how to do it, but I knew that is was meant to be my voice. Luckily for my friend, I relentlessly bugged him until he caved and taught me the basics. And I haven't stopped since.

If you are attempting to develop a passion for something, it's probably not a passion. So how will you know when you find yours?

Trust me, you'll know. And a quick hint: if you have to ask "Is this it?" I can assure you it isn't.

I don't look for inspiration on Youtube.

Don't be concerned about labeling what you do