More Than Just Dance Friends
Have you ever had a dance friend decide they no longer wanted to dance? Have you ever had a dance friend move away? Well after the year we just went through, many dancers were faced with the daunting question of whether or not they wanted to continue to dance. Some were even faced with their home studios closing or their families deciding that moving to another state would be in their best interest. Well, I personally had both happen to me with two of my dance friends.
First my dance bestie whom I tried out with for the competitive team decided that after the end of the comp/regular 2020 season, she would not be returning to the studio. We both started dancing at two years old and from the start we became very close friends. When she first started dancing she was very shy and attached to her mom but I remember going up to her one-day and asking if she wanted to sit with me in class. She agreed and from then on, she became more comfortable being in class without her mom. When we turned 5 years old, we both decided to try out for the competitive team together and so our new dance journey began. She was a very strong tapper and when the time came to select teams we both knew tap was definitely in our future. Last year, she actually had a tap solo and you better believe that I was the loudest, cheerleader from our entire team rooting for her. However, our season was cut short and we were forced to be on Zoom classes versus the studio. This time away from the studio made her realize that she had other interests outside of dance that she wanted to pursue. I was devastated with the news but I knew that it was the right decision for her and as a good friend I knew my role was to support and encourage her new adventures.
So if losing one friend wasn’t enough, during the fall of 2020 my other dance bestie and her family decided to move out of state. Unlike my friend that left the studio in the summer, I knew that I would still see her but my out of state friend well that would be much more difficult. When we joined the team we immediately clicked and I knew we would be life long friends. The past 5 years have been filled with so many amazing dance memories as well as sleepovers, movie dates, lunch dates, pottery painting dates, epic birthday parties, you name it we did it. So when the news began to circulate that she may be moving out of state, my heart broke. We quickly made sure that every moment was special and during the fall of 2020 we competed some of our last year’s dances in order to make sure we had one last hoorah with her as a team. That was a very emotional day but I’m so happy that we were able to close that chapter of our lives together with one last dance.
Today I still make it a point to talk to both friends and catch up with them because as I like to say, once a dance friend, always a dance friend!!! So don’t ever let distance or choosing other interests keep you from being a true friend. If you’re there for them, they will always be there for you.