What are you going to do with a degree in dance?!

  I’m not someone who speaks all that much or often voices my opinion but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to say. Someone once said to me “are you okay? I’m worried about you because you don’t seem to say much”. This was coming from a 65 year old woman who met me three days before and who had thrown a tantrum like a 2 year old because I was a size 6 she wasn’t. My response was something that was so unexpected to come from my mouth that it even caught me off guard! I replied with “sometimes I don’t say anything because I prefer to save my breath for someone who will listen”… Everyone went silent, I was completely horrified and stunned at what I had just said. I was dreading her reply but instead she smiled and simply said “Wow! What a smart thing to do!” I was confused but relieved nonetheless and was proud of myself for coming out with it. My point is, that even though it doesn’t come naturally to me, maybe I should start voicing my opinion. I do have a lot to say and I think it’s worth hearing (or at least worth writing down) so I’m going to start saying it here. Starting RIGHT NOW…
Topic ONE: Be brave enough to chase your dream. 
When I left school at 18 I had no idea what I was doing (and why should I?!) Pretty much everyone from my year went to straight to university and while they were all off enjoying their new lives, I was stuck at home in a job that I hated and feeling utterly miserable because I wasn’t dancing anymore. I missed being in education and all I wanted to do was get back to my dancing, so I decided that after a gap year I would take the plunge and go to university to get myself a degree in dance! I know there are plenty of opinions about studying something creative and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked “but what are you going to do with a degree in dance?!” This comment began to get in my head and there have been so many times where I wished I was smarter and less creative so I could study something ‘useful’. But if I learned one thing from studying dance at Coventry University is that if I, as a dancer don’t believe in the power of dance then why should anyone else? That goes for any creative subject. So I’m here to say that even though right now I may not be a professional dancer or a choreographer or dance scholar, I do not for one second regret getting my degree. In fact I’m incredibly proud of myself for going against the opinions of others and fighting to achieve the dream that 9 year Holly decided on. It makes me so so sad when people don’t even try to achieve their dreams because they think it’s ‘unrealistic’ or not a ‘sensible’ choice. If there is something that you know will make you happier then why not just do it?- or at least try! What I learned from a dance degree is so much more than just ‘how to move my body’, I am a stronger, smarter, more confident version of myself and I can hold my head high when I say “I have a first-class degree in Dance”.
So get out there, be brave enough to chase your dream.
Lots of Love and keep dreaming, Holly Xx

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