Hello dance world! It’s good to be back at it.
…Okay, I never really stopped dancing, but I took a liminal break from teaching and formal classes to pursue new skills and perspectives.
This first post is a reflection on leaving and returning to dance. I grew up doing theater and dance around Orange County and I started teaching ballroom dance lessons when I was about 17 years old. I loved it, but also wanted to pursue an academic career. I did not really have the money to start competitive ballroom dance training and afford tuition. As it turns out, all that dance was a worthwhile investment, and the training I had throughout my life allowed me to safely continue my practice at home. Truth be told, with my academic pursuits, I didn’t always find the motivation to practice dance at home, but I am grateful to have had the option. When we can’t dance, we learn how much it is worth.
From 2011 to 2014 I was working towards my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Native American Studies at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. After Graduating, I spent some time working as an Archaeologist for the United States Forest Service and Stanford University. Archaeology was an interesting career, but I wasn’t helping others in the way I thought I would with anthropology, so I went back to grad school in the Summer of 2015 to study how to apply anthropological knowledge to solve problems. I have a strong interest in digital preservation and building online communities, so I focused my research on learning how humans experience their environments, and how this could be applied to business culture.
I chose the option to finish my master’s degree in the Fall remotely and return to Southern California. Since I’ve been back here, I have spent some time in local studios learning about the business. When it comes down to it, my happiest memories were made when I was teaching, and I am always going to want that in my life. I am also especially fascinated by dance as business. I am so grateful I can come back with fresh eyes and new motivations that I would never have gained would it not have been for that break into anthropology. Dance has always been a worthwhile investment to me personally, and I am excited to use this blog as a platform to share it with others and dig deeper into our culture.