If music is the food that feeds me.. then dance, particularly classical ballet, is the water! I have loved ballet since I was a little girl and though I never had the talent nor the right body shape to become what I always longed to become.. I can still feel the love for it coursing through me!
Two of the greatest dancers.. and the greatest pairing was Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nuryev. Dance is a very exacting world, and I learnt at the age of 14 that there was no possible way I could ever be the exact type it required, so I taught and loved it for as long as I could. There is a freedom and a joy to dancing ballet... even with those torture shoes on.. pointe shoes (and yes, they do cause a lot of pain!)
I don't know why it is so entwined with my heart and mind, but it has been since I was a young girl. Perhaps it was a kindness from Heavenly Father that I could not devote my body and soul to this artform - because it certainly requires that to 'grow up' and do it - because it does enact some terrible tolls on the body. Out of every 1000 girls who make it to a company, only 3 or 4 ever have the kind of talent and presence of a Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell or Sylvie Guillem. Most will end up with injuries and flaws that stop them from being truly great.
Still, as I watch it.. I find my feet twitch, my toes stretch out in the point I learnt at 10 and have never lost.
Ultimately.. though I love music, and I love ballet and dance... there is something I love more. The gospel of Jesus Christ touches deep into my heart, where I truly live, beyond the music, beyond the dance, there is a recognition that I am His daughter, and I am going home - and a longing to be home that is greater than all these 'loves' I have here.