When I was five, I was turned away from a hula halau (school) and became too embarrassed to admit my disappointment. I refused later offers at dance lessons, even when my mother’s friend offered to sponsor me at her daughter’s ballet school. Instead I turned to gymnastics from ages 7-15 and relished those dance elements incorporated into the sport. Although I continued to find ways to dance as an adult by attending contra and square dances and trying a dance class here or there, I felt like an outsider and uncomfortable around real dancers. That changed when I moved to North Carolina and found The Dancer’s Workout.
The Dancer’s Workout made me feel welcomed into the world of dance after feeling shutout as a child. I was hooked after my first class! It was one hour of complete fun and energy, and it felt like a wonderful, supportive community. If I’ve had a bad day at work or am feeling stressed, all that disappears once I step into that studio with Jules and the girls!