Hi! I am the Girl with the Tree Tattoo and a pro-am competitive ballroom dancer.
In 2011, I had my first taste of ballroom dancing. My life changed forever. The fun, the challenges, the triumphs, the tears (of sadness and of joy), the self-discovery – I love everything that ballroom has to offer. I have learned more about myself than I thought possible by simply learning to dance, as well as, been forced to face some very deep-set fears.
I share my passion and my journey in hopes of inspiring you to push past your own fears to pursue your passion, whether you also find it in ballroom dancing or something entirely different.
Things you should know about me:
1) I have not been dancing my entire life. I took ballet, jazz and tap for a couple years when I was young, like 6 to 7 years old. But that’s it. Dancing for me after that was in the form of busting a move with friends or improvising at a club. Nothing structured. I didn’t get introduced to ballroom until I was 28. And I didn’t start consistently taking private lessons until I was 29. So I can’t do a split, spray tanning freaks me out, and in my head, my life has been split into “regular life” and “ballroom.”
2) I work full-time as a technical editor, which means I sit in front of a computer for at least 40 hours a week. My “regular life.” The opposite of ballroom dancing.
3) I am “ballroom poor.” Which means I would be living relatively comfortably if I didn’t spend every last dime on private lessons and competitions. It also means that I must keep my full-time job in order to continue to afford (more or less) my ballroom passion. Personal time management is critical.
4) I have competed in American Smooth at the Bronze and Silver levels. I hope to compete in Rhythm some day, although the extra financial burden isn’t bearable yet.