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Daily Diaries: How to Turn Your Love for Dancing into a Career

Daily Diaries: How to Turn Your Love for Dancing into a Career

 

Dance, by definition, is an act that involves a lot of rhythmic movement of the body. It's described by many as art that expresses emotions through a pattern of steps with music. Whether you're born with a dancing bone or not, dance requires high levels of coordination, rhythm, and creativity to be successful in this field. As much as most of us enjoy doing this as an activity to let loose, dancing is not just about busting some moves! 

If you want to turn this into a profession, you're going to have to be versatile. To give you more insights about this, we interviewed BYM alumna and member of the world champion dance group A-Team Jana Mahusay. The 24-year-old came from a family of dancers, so it's safe to say that dance has always been present in her life. "I loved dancing so much, but I never really had the intention of turning it into a career. It wasn’t only until I started teaching that I thought to myself I wanted to do this for as long as I can."

 
 
 
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When asked about her typical week, Jana enumerates, "I teach dance classes almost every weekend at Zero Studio. Sometimes, twice or thrice a week. During the days that I don't teach, I focus on choreographing and planning out my classes. At the same time, balancing it with school and my fitness job at Rise Nation and Ride Revolution." She adds, "What I truly learned from balancing everything is making sure that I manage my time wisely. If you want something to happen, you will make it happen." 

Just because she's doing something that she's passionate about, it doesn't mean that she didn't face any hardships along the way. "Aside from the obvious fact that dancing can be physically taxing to the body, I would say that the biggest challenge I’ve had to face is internal—it is that feeling of being burnt out, feeling like I don’t love what I do anymore. It's scary because dance has always been there for me, and it has always been my constant."

 
 
 
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To overcome it, she had to reflect and take action. "I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone. I went to places I wasn’t familiar with, learned a new style of dancing, got out of my usual circle and made a conscious effort to make new friends, dance with new people, learn different cultures." Adapting a growth mindset has helped her tremendously to sustain her love for her craft. 

That's why despite the challenges Jana has faced, she's still here loving what she does for a living. "Honestly, the real reason why I'm still here is because of my students who I was able to touch by creating and sharing. Being able to touch somebody’s life through my art is fulfilling to me more than anything. And I celebrate that by dancing some more, learning more, and creating more." Now, that's what we call purpose!

 
 
 
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For the young people out there who love to dance but are still afraid to get out of their comfort zone, Jana advises, "Keep on working on your craft, never settle, and put yourself out there. Give 100% in everything that you do, and be fearless. I do believe that there is no dream that is too big, but dreams won't move until you do."

When it comes to progress, Jana knows that you've got to get out there to make things happen for yourself. Her journey surely inspires us to explore our passion and never hesitate to turn it into something bigger than we can ever imagine. If you believe that you've got the confidence, tenacity, and ambition to be a full-time dancer, then stop dancing on your own. in Jana's words, "Get your booty up and get to work!"

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