When I was 21 I got a tattoo of a graceful dancer painted by the artist Alfonse Mucha. I got the tattoo for many reasons, one being that it represented dance. I remember saying, “Well if there’s one thing I know for sure I will always dance.”
Cut to 10 years later. I am 30 years old and a new mom. I haven’t danced since performing for a short video at film school, and that was over 6 years ago. I haven’t been to a dance class in about 9 years. I’ve been away so long I don’t feel welcome anymore. I don’t know what people are wearing. I don’t know if things have changed drastically since I’ve been gone. I want to dance again but I’m terrified. I give myself a million excuses as to why I don’t just go take a class.