FINALLY! Article of Inspiration: Am I a Dancer Who Gave Up?
This article is a wonderfully articulate story about an artist whose passion couldn’t just be dance, and I can totally relate. Am I a dancer? A theologian? A non-profit administrator? An early childhood educator? A professional MOM? Every one of those titles takes work to combine with one of the others, and as someone who has always longed for a truly integrative arts journey, one is not enough. Can “integrative arts” include people who professionally integrate their arts with traditionally non-artistic disciplines?
Shawn Lent, who writes the article, is a dancer and choreography, but she is also a business manager and does international diplomatic work for the U.S. Did I mention she’s working in some of my favorite countries too? Like Egypt!
For many years I have had friends and family as me if I’d given up on being a dancer. No, of course not! It’s a part of who I am and I take it with me anywhere. I believe Shawn says much the same thing as I have for all these years. And why not?
We might not know what to call ourselves, but this is a demographic I can get behind. Dare I say it, a profession?
Enjoy all you artsy peoples!!