Book 4.5: Scrappily Ever After
By Mollie Cox Bryan
For some, summer is the time to relax and drift. I like that about summer—there is a purposeful ease about it. I’ve always found it a good time to rejuvenate and brain storm. This year, I’m holding a summer dance intensive. And it’s been fabulous to hang out with dancers from all over the country that came here to my little studio to learn some new techniques from my guest teachers.
It’s a time of growth and reflection for me. There are changes in my family. Changes in my life. And this dance intensive has allowed me to redirect and refocus on my purpose. My passion. The world of dance is not necessarily friendly to mid-life dancers. But then again, I love dance so much that I simply don’t care. I am past worrying. Letting the ballerina dream go years ago was hard—but yet it was freeing. Knowing your place in the universe is sometimes painful, but always important.
Now I have the same dreams of dance and passion, but they have morphed into mentoring. I still dance—every chance I get. And I love learning new techniques and dances. But my passion has become bigger than myself and my own dreams. Passing it on. Giving new dancers opportunities and guidance. This means more to me than ever before. I’ve seen good many successful dancers turn inward and bitter when they reach my age. I refuse. What good is living and experience if we can’t give back our knowledge and expertise to those that come after us?
So my passion is now teaching. But the essence of it will always be dance. There is nothing more satisfying than watching passion spark in a little dancer. For the first time in years I’m so excited for the new fall dance season. Are you looking forward to any seasonal changes?
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