So last year, I made the courageous decision to turn my life around, give up my full time job and go chase my dreams (finally!) As such I’m starting my dance degree this September, which I am very excited about!
As I’ve had about 5 years out of dancing only starting back up last year, I thought it would be good to invest in an intensive summer programme before university commences. I found a few courses in London pretty close to where I live; the one that shouted at me though was at a conservatoire called Laban. Laban is a well known university/institution that specialises in movement and dance, in fact it’s the centre that I wished to complete my contemporary dance degree at when I left school 6 years ago. As it happens, I never went. My life went off on a tangent, and I sadly forgot how truly passionate I was for dance.
Anyway, so I booked this 2 week intensive summer school at Laban a few months ago in attempt to get my technique back up to scratch before starting my degree. I didn’t know what to expect when I booked the course, but before I knew it I was sat on the train and well on my way to South East London. On arrival I had mixed feelings - very excited but so so nervous.
Monday however was soon upon us - the first day of classes. The teachers and other students on the course soon started to bond and get to know one another, and before I knew it I had made some really good friends. It didn’t take long at all to meet new people; the programme is so international and friendly.
The intensive was amazing, it really helped me get back into the dance world and took me back, reminding me what it’s like to live and breath everything dance, it’s actually been pretty nostalgic. The teaching and support from professionals and other students was outstanding, I'm thrilled that this is the summer programme I had booked. I've taken so much away from the experience. Since leaving Laban however, I feel I’ve taken away far more than just valuable dance experience and training, I have met some truly special people, who I sincerely hope to see again at some point in the future.
There were two boys in particular - Joey and Craig. I never had any other gay friends growing up, which to be honest is fine; I had and still have amazing friends and family who all support and love me. It’s refreshing though to meet and spend quality time with other boys who really understand fundamentally who you are, what you’re about and that share the same passion as you do. We built such a strong bond in such a short amount of time, they were the 2 brothers I never had but always wanted. I pray that we will all be able to reunite at some point in the future. I definitely have an excuse to visit the states now (Not that I ever needed one in the first place!)
I’m so ready to go and get it now, a new chapter in my life has officially begun. My life and dance have, after a long delay, finally been reunited and I can’t wait to start my degree and take class after class after class! Who knows where I will be in 3 years time?!
I dedicate this entry to all of the amazing people I met this summer. I love how dance can bring so many cultures, people and values together and unite us as one. We are not humans - we are dancers! <3
Peace and love,