The end of my school semester is approaching and that means that I have to wrap up things for now. Well, at least for the month of December, because January sounds like a great time for me to start blogging again.
I have come a long way with this blog; I have seen and learned a whole lot; I have practiced, created, and enjoyed; and most importantly I have met such wonderful, young people, who believe that “to live is to dance and to dance is to live.” I want to thank every single one of them for their time, patience, enthusiasm, and trust. I couldn’t have done this alone! They all are a true INSPIRATION!
There are so many things I have learned since the beginning of my journey that I want to share with you. The technical practices include: working with tweeter, make a storify, recording audio interviews, recording videos, editing or combining sources from different media in one, doing voice overs, and more. Some of these cost me a whole lot of trouble until I figured out how to use them properly. However, now I feel more comfortable using all that new technology, I feel confident when I am editing and I feel accomplished with most of the work I have completed.
The more personal thoughts and ideas that blogging has passed on to me I certainly owe to the people who contributed to my writing:
Radina Tabakova taught me what show dance is. “Its purpose is to “entertain and positively affect the audience,” she said. It’s when a dancer takes the role of being someone else; be it a fairy tale character, a historic one or somebody from the movies.
Nevena Stankova showed me how loving, devoted, and motivated one can be, when he or she is doing what he or she truly loves. When I asked her what motivates her, Nevena said,
I don’t know… Maybe I just love my job and usually it’s very rare that a person likes his or her job so much and I love it. I love the children and I am something like a second mother for them. They keep me going; they give me the power to go on.
In addition, her love for dancing is so strong that she sometimes has dreams about her choreographies. Now that seems like something incredible and extraordinary to me. I love it!
Boryana Kaisheva explained to me so much about the experience that salsa dancing has to offer. For example, she said,
You meet different kinds of people, because you go to salsa clubs not only to dance, but also to meet people. For example, different people are dancing, like doctors, like school teacher. It’s very interesting because you get to know people from different fields, not only your friends that are your age, but also people that are older.
Aleksandar Ivanov talked to me about the difference between salsa, merengue, and bachata. I did further research on the three styles and found out even more. What really stood out for me was that even though he suffered a severe injury, he could not stop thinking about dancing and was miserable without it. Alex said,
Not being able to dance does upset me quite a lot. And even though it is temporary and I know that, I miss it every day. This is the longest I have gone without dancing.
The girls from formation “Hope” taught me that by working together for a long time they feel like they are a part of one big family. They have fun together, mutual goals, and get their motivation from each other, because there is nothing better than being encouraged by those who you feel the closest to. Hrisi, one of the members said,
Hope makes me feel like I am part of something big, something really awesome, and fun… something that makes people happy and makes me even happier. It makes me feel like I am part of one big, amazing, and loving group. I feel active and valued.
Mendsaihan Mena taught me that dance unites communities and brings people together. She said,
We just wanted to do something as a whole group. Our first purpose was to make a flash mob, because a flash mob is something that can really connect us through the dance.
Ekaterika Georgieva talked to me about traditional Bulgarian folklore dances. She also explained to me the most typical characteristics of the dances. She shared her personal experience and described dancing on stage as “amazing,” “something that had to be felt.” In addition she said:
We went on many competitions abroad. Most of the times we win these competitions, because our culture is unique.
Milica Brajkovic taught me that for a dancer giving up is not an option, because if you really want to continue, you can always find a way to keep doing what you love. Milica was faced with the dilemma of coming to the American University in Bulgaria or staying in her hometown and continuing to build up on her dancing career. What she chose is to do both. Well I don’t mean that she is at both places at the same time, but she now teaches the “Contemporary and Jazz ballet” club at AUBG. Milica says,
I got the freedom to maybe even direct and to make choreographies by myself; I, for the first time, got experience in trying to organize by myself a whole class and rehearsal; when you think about it that gave me more freedom in what I can do, because I can be focusing on the things that I am enjoying; I don’t depend on the will of my professor, which kind of is flattering and I found it enjoying.
There are so many artistic thoughts and lessons that will stay with me. People dance for many reasons, there are many things that inspire people. Dance is an expression; it makes the music visible; it is a silent poetry; it is the mother of all arts; nothing is more revealing than dancing; it is the hidden language of the soul; it is dreaming with your feet; and that one can dance anywhere, even in his or her heart. Additionally, I learned that when you really want something, you can make it happen and motivation is key.
Thanks everyone for following me! It really means a lot to me! Happy holidays guys and don’t stop dreaming, because wishes do come true!