I was just reading through some older postings and when I came accross this one, I was intrigued by the questions that are asked. Very though provoking indeed.<P>I do not have quite the perspective that you have, Basheva, since I've not even been dancing for a year. I do love it though, and I'm amazed how much it has shaped my life already.<P>Starting out my last quarter at the dance school I attend, I already knew it would be my last for a while. The reason is that my husband and I will be leaving the country in not even a months time (aak! so soon
for a six month trip. So I started out last quarter with many fulfilled dreams (just starting on pointe) AND with the thought that this might be my last chance to dance for a while. The reason for our trip is because we are missionaries, and I do not regret in the least the fact that I might have to give up ballet for a while. It's just that where we are going will have absolutely no dance related facilities, I'm not even sure I will have any space or opportunity to practice.<P>So to sum it up, I had to look at the questions you are asking now, after your dancing career, right off the bat. Knowing exactly when my "last class" was going to be, it was pretty tough. I realize six months isn't that long of a break, especially since I'm still really young (19), but our plans for after that are up in the air.<P>I guess this is the way I dealt with it, to respond to your questions...<BR>Realizing that no matter how much dance training I received, I was still me, and I tried not to let ballet shape they way I saw myself too much. I like to think all the opportunities to dance that I get are a gift, an addition to my person, and to treat it as a priviledge. And also to make the most of it. We should all be able to look back on our time dancing and just be incredibly thankful. Not meaning to sound too sentimental or morbid in all of this, ie... gazing at the glory of the dying sunset of our lives and holding the colors with us all throughout the darkness of our remaining days... What a load of crap
! But I hope this in some way adds to your thoughts and can remind all of us that dance really is a gift, one that we can pass along to others too.<P>Ok, pretty big for my first post, hope it doesn't bug ya'll.