… Did competition dance for 14 years. From the ages 2-15 with one year off, I did dance. Okay, well to be fair, I didn’t start actually competing until I was four. But still.

I danced with three different companies and loved it. Other than the makeup and costumes. When I was little I would almost cry whenever I had to wear makeup. And those dang costumes were always so uncomfortable, hot, and tight. Ridiculous, really. The only things I liked were the spandex shorts, tank-tops, and foot undies. Yes, foot undies. I’ll insert a pic of mine here:

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They basically just make it easier to do turns, and just move around the floor altogether.

I mainly did two types of dance, jazz and lyrical. Jazz was probably my favorite because we got to add cool moves into it. Some of my favorites are two person cartwheels, kick lines, lifts, and the charleston.

I’m really glad I did dance since it taught me how to relax and have fun, but also how to work with a team. The discipline and principles I learned were really valuable. Being able to compete in dance and basketball and the same time improved my skills in both sports.

Eventually, the reason I chose to quit was because I moved. I spent a year doing dance out at my new house, but it just wasn’t the same. I began to want to focus more on basketball, so that’s what I did.

I really recommend taking a class if your interested, it definitely helps boost self confidence and is a good form of exercise.

If any of you dance, comment down below some of your favorite (or least favorite) things about it and I’ll let you know if I can relate!

Love y’all- Aspen AKA The Ex-Dancer

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