How does one make an introduction to a blog? Do I roll out a metaphoric red carpet? Do I formally introduce you to my blog, even though you voluntarily clicked on the “blog” tab and thus are expecting to be led to a blog? Standard writing education taught me that the introductory paragraph needs something…
I would love to provide you with some background information on who I am and what I’m about, as well as what brought me to the health and fitness industry in the first place.
I started dancing as soon as I could walk. My days, and sometimes nights, were spent at the studio practicing technique, and learning the discipline and work ethic that comes with the territory of being a dancer.
The dance world is very critical… At 8 years old I would have been eligible to be moved into the professional training division of my ballet company – this was the next step to eventually earning lead roles and prestige as a young artist. At the end of term, my “ballet report card” had top marks for technique, grace, poise, and performance quality. But scribbled in red ink at the bottom of the page were the words, “While Emily excels at technique and performance, she will never have the body of a dancer.” This was the reason I was given for why I was not admitted into the professional training division.
Aside from deterring me from ever returning to ballet, that remark changed the way I viewed myself, my body, and my worth for the next 8 years. I struggled with body image, my relationship with food, trying to lose weight and “fit in” with regards to my appearance. Despite the blow to my confidence and the turmoil I faced in the following years, I didn’t let that comment stop me from pursuing my love of dance and performance. Instead, I moved to a different studio, pursued contemporary and competitive studio dance, and became a musician.