“Maybe it’ll be like riding a bike. Once you learn, you never really forget how”, was the line I repeated in my head as I scrolled through the endless class options on the Steps on Broadway website. It had been 4 years since my last proper dance class. Why was I paralyzed with fear from something that once gave meaning to my young life?
My name is Erika and I’m the mystery person you’ve been talking to on the Steps on Broadway Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I grew up in musical theater and took dance as a supplement in my endeavor to become a successful triple threat. For 15 years, dance held some of my greatest experiences and dearest childhood memories. I went away to college and decided to pursue other passions- some in the arts and some in business. My time at Arizona State University was crucial in my development as an artist. My natural addiction to social media alerted many campus leaders to approach me; thereby opening my eyes to the talent I wasn’t aware I possessed. Upon graduating and beginning the brutal and daunting job hunting process, I thought I wanted to work in fashion. To make a long story short, starting my career at a dance studio was the blessing I didn’t know I needed.
I arrived on the third floor of Steps on Broadway insanely early for my first interview. While taking myself on a brief tour, I quickly noticed the energy in every studio was electrifying. Talent was dripping from every dancer of every style. The short walk around was, simply put, inspirational. The culturally rich environment had me feeling whole again. Come to think of it, I didn’t even realize part of me was missing throughout my four year “hiatus”. If you haven’t guessed by now, I got the job! My first day at Steps coincided with the opening of the new studio – Loft IV. My first task…sneaking into the studio for the first class taught by Donna McKechnie for American Dance Machine for the 21st Century and taking pictures for social media. The high performance level demonstrated by every artist in the room was enrapturing- then intimidating. Could I really do this? Take class, say, during my lunch break and not make a total fool of myself?
A whole two months passed and I still lacked courage to try a class. One late night in October, the filming of our Halloween video took place. I was in charge of the zombie-chic makeup and lighting. Sitting in the corner, playing with the light board while the dancers did their thing was excruciating. Suddenly the bike analogy popped in my head and the search for the right class to help me, quite literally, get on my feet again began. Sometimes the thing you’re most afraid of is the very thing that will set you free.
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