WEDNESDAY 3.6.15 - I am thankful for... Watching my dance friends succeed
*Picture from www.dailytelegraph.com.au
A good friend of mine is currently playing a main roll in Rocky Horror Show musical here touring Australia, she's the one in the picture, second from the left with a bob wig. I was meant to go and see the show the week I was sick in hospital, therefore I missed it. She even came and saw me in hospital an thank goodness I didn't get her sick! But my friend was able to get me a free ticket for tonight's show so I didn't miss out after all. Of course, growing up dancing and with a love for musicals it was easy for me to enjoy the show, but watching someone you know, a good friend I grew up dancing with perform, is something else entirely. I was so incredibly proud, knowing how hard she has worked and her passion for performing. Besides being the sole performer in a production she did written by a friend of hers, this is the first musical she has played a main role, instead of a chorus member or understudy. I might be biased, but she was absolutely incredible and I honestly don't think she could have been any better than she was, almost like the role was made for her. At my dance school through high school we had a very close knit, very special group of girls I was blessed to know, do class with and perform alongside. Most of us are still quite close to this day. We were surrounded by loving and hard working parents and teachers, instilling in us what it means to dream, and to work hard and put in the hours and effort to achieve your goals. And as a group we did, we worked really hard, always looking for ways to improve ourselves and did very well in eisteddfods and in our own classes and performances. Now I'm blessed to see each and every one of these girls' success mostly within the performing arts sector. There's obviously this friend I've mentioned whose been in numerous shows, including a solo show that's been in Melbourne and Sydney and soon in Brisbane, another whose worked here, on Broadway and now about to begin a career in the UK, another who is working her way up the ranks in the Moulin Rouge, one who lives in the US and has been a dancer for A list singers like Rihanna and Ariana Grande, a professional ballet and contemporary dancer, girls who have made a successful career as professional dancers in cruise ship shows, modelling, choreographing for other people, performing in acrobatic and circus type shows and the list goes on. As for me, well, I was always going to pursue a more academic line of work, and I'd like to think I have made a successful start to my own career. Every one of us from that group of dancing teens has gone on to pursue their dreams. It's pretty incredibly to think about really. I'm so thankful I got to be a part of that group, still some of the best years of my life, and thankful that these special girls have gone onto work towards their dreams and still continue to do so.