Dancers of the Light

Dancers of the Light

Dancers Can Do Anything You Tell Them To:
Dancers Can Do Anything You Tell Them To:
Written by Jeanne-Marie Branche | Aug. 10th 2020
A dance professor from my University told us last week that “dancers can do anything you tell them to do”... and that resonated with me so much I HAD to write about it. 

When I think about my time as a dancer, and my dance career so far, I am often awestruck at the many things I have done and contributed and continue to do. Dancing has truly pushed my limits and I am still yet to go so far in the field. As a person, dancing has made me more confident, fearless, and ready for challenges. Hence why my professor's statement resonated so much with me... we really do a lot that people cannot believe until they see it for themselves. We are called to create and called to think outside of the box.

Sometimes I dislike challenges or even dread them, but I always find a way to work around it and create something beautiful in the end. This is part of the creative process, whether you like it or not. Many times, the process can be so hard, but it is extremely worth it in the end. I love seeing the final product of some of my works and knowing my journey and how I started to where I am now... it’s an admirable accomplishment. 

That being said, I’m tying this back to what my professor told us that we can do anything you tell us to. I am so honored to get the opportunity to choreograph for the University of Tampa’s Fall Dance Happening show this Fall semester. With COVID-19, there are so many more rules and regulations that must be followed for dancers and choreographers, and the entire performing arts community on-campus. If I am being honest, it seems very overwhelming to me, but I am up for the challenge. Being allowed to choreograph is such a blessing in itself. I am nervous about the process but excited to see where it takes me and see how the challenges mold me as a dancer and as a choreographer. 

This is something we must embrace as artists. Optimistically, challenges help us more than hinder us in the creative process. You realize more things about yourself and you are able to channel those ideas through what you create. It’s a beautiful thing as I look back at what I’ve created just for fun and what I am now creating for my debut as a choreographer. I like to take these lessons out of the studio and put them into my life as well. Life has not been ‘easy’ these past few months and I think we can all admit to that. The pandemic has affected us differently mentally, physically, and spiritually. It is up to us to decide how we work through these challenges and how we can repurpose this time to benefit us in the present and for the future. Then, looking back at it, you’d be surprised at how much you’ve done in such times, how much you’ve grown, and how you found strength in moments where you felt weak. 

If you’re going through a certain challenge right now, I challenge you (haha) to try and see how this bump in the road will help to build you in the next few days, weeks, or months! You’ll be inspired to see how much you bloom in the process! 

About Author: Jeanne-Marie Branche 

Jeanne-Marie Branche is a student at the University of Tampa double majoring in Communications and Applied Dance. Her hometown is Palm Beach Gardens FL. She has been actively involved in the dance industry and is continuing to train and choreograph professionally in college. With her current training, she plans to perform and choreograph for dance companies/programs while teaching younger children through her passion for creativity and dance! 
Jeanne-Marie intends to blend both of her studies to integrate proper marketing and branding for individual dancers, dance companies, and artists locally, nationally, and globally.

About Dancers of the Light 
Dancers of the Light is a blog that focuses on the comfort, community, and purpose within the arts industry. It is a growing circle of dancers and artists who are on a mission to find their purpose in the fine arts and to meet others with like-minded ideas and motives for why they do what they do. I hope to inspire and network with others as I see this blog grow! 
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