Dancers often become enthralled with their artistic performance form when they're quite young. A family member who later danced professionally first began when in college. The dance class had just happened to fit into his schedule to provide needed credits. Until then he had no plan to become a dancer. His athleticism prepared him well for the hard work, dedication and discipline he soon learned dancing requires.
I was introduced to dancing at a very early pre-school age as has been my granddaughter. Now a teenager, she's been dancing ever since, participating in dance competitions around her home area, traveling to Washington, D.C., Orlando, Florida, and most recently New York City.
I had made tentative plans early this year to visit NYC during her trip there the first of July, but re-considered as summer drew near. I concluded cooler temperatures at a different time of year would be more desirable there than the high humidity heat I'd likely encounter. I knew we wouldn't be able to spend that much time together, plus, when there is free time teenagers often have important friend-filled activities. There will be other competitions in the months, next few years, and possible holiday get-togethers.
I have been able to glimpse my granddaughter with her Richmond, Virginia dance team members at the front of the crowd outside NBC TV's studio. They had to arrive there really early in the morning to garner those spots with their specially prepared banner. They were thrilled to be seen briefly on MSNBC Today Show introduction on this link to a Meredith Vieira Tech segment.(Beginning has a 15 sec. commercial)