It seems like yesterday I was taking part in dance recitals and performing with all my friends. My parents put me in dance school when I was only 5 years old, and I never got tired of learning from my teachers. I stayed with the same dance school through high school, earning my 15 year trophy as a result. The problem I had was all I wanted to do was dance, and high school was not giving me the education I needed to further that career.
I used to excel at dance school, usually the first one to the school and the last one to leave. One year we had a famous teacher from New York join our school, and I quickly took to her. She took us on a class trip to see the Rockettes, and I was hooked. I asked her how could I possibly get to that point when right after high school I was not even sure where to go. She pointed me in the direction of some schools, but the annual tuition was extremely out of my range.
I was not going to let the price of school keep me from perusing my passion, but I had to be realistic. Unless someone was going to pay for my schooling, I would be finished after high school. Luckily for me my dance teacher told me about dance scholarships and how the top prize was more than enough to pay for my first year tuition. I gathered all the information I could and studied exactly what was needed to be able to take part in the scholarship program.
I remember back then realizing this was my only chance at getting to my dream, so i used to ask everyone and anyone for help. I was consumed with winning those scholarships that I began to realize that I had in fact already won. I used to convince myself I already won to help take off all that pressure of losing out on my dream. The amazing thing about these scholarships is there are so many. Generous people from around the country make these scholarships possible, and I was going to use that money to get a degree, get formal training, and skyrocket my career by dancing on the biggest stage of them all in New York City.
If it had not been for my dance teacher telling me about the vast dance scholarships available, my dream may have died soon after high school.