CityinThree

Two years ago, I was brought down by a crippling anxiety that made my life miserable. I became distant and...

Two years ago, I was brought down by a crippling anxiety that made my life miserable. I became distant and cold to those around me because in my mind, it was easier to hide what I was going through than to struggle to explain it.

One of my biggest regrets during that time was giving up something I was so passionate about, dancing. In no way what so ever am I an incredible dancer but I have so much love for the art form, it's become a passion. While coping with my anxiety, I still managed to compete part time but with my anxiety getting the best of me I decided my time on stage was up.  I stayed involved by helping around the studio but things just weren't the same. I felt even worse than I had before.

Two years since stepping foot in a dance class, this summer I finally felt ready to explore it again.

There's a studio called The Underground Dance Centre in downtown Toronto where anyone from beginners to pros can feel free to try different styles of dance. Not having danced in a long time, I decided to go to a class called Improv Technique taught by Jessica Ford. The class is an hour long and it consists of your own moves with guidance to help you build your improvisational skills. The minute I stepped foot in that class, I felt like I was right at home. Two years worth of experiences and emotions were let out in only an hour. I forgot what it was like to love something so much.

Dance gives me so much more than just a way to express myself; I lose myself when I dance only to find myself again - its a freedom I get through this movement where I feel unstoppable. 

Find something that sets you free and don't let it go.