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One Year of Dancing

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One month ago, I finally turned 25... and while I still feel like I'm settling into the fact that I'm now in my mid-twenties — I kinda dig it! It feels like an interesting age to me because I've never felt more comfortable in my own skin and yet I also feel like I'm going through an intense learning period of figuring out who I am. What kind of life do I want to live? How am I living right now? Is there there anything that I'm not doing yet? What brings me real joy? What things matter to me? 


Among all the crazy things I throw myself into in the span of a week, dancing has been one of them. Beginner hip-hop workshops to be exact. A few days ago, I found myself saying this in my team meeting: 

Team: "Emerline, what's your cherry (positive thing) and pit (negative thing) this week?" 
Me: "Hm..." 
Team: "Is it dancing? Your cherry MUST be dancing." 
Me: "Oh my god, yes! You're right! Dancing is really my biggest cherry these days." 

The conversation made me realize that it's been a little over a year since I've started to regularly attend dance workshops at House of Movement. I started attending early last year after moving to New York and after a few workshops, I was convinced that House of Movement was a really fun and inclusive community. I’ve become friends with some of the staff and I always look forward to going to my classes as much as possible. Dancing is one of the activities that definitely brings me joy. 


Even though I’ve been attending for year, it’s only been a few weeks since I’ve started to become OK with being recorded and sharing those clips with my friends via Instagram. The reason? I can finally somewhat keep up and not be a total squid in class. Hahahaha. 

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