June 06, 2012

Gentle Reminders...

Just yesterday, I got a little glued to YouTube channel ittiebittiedancer.
Kaylee is probably about 7 years old now, but she started taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, and Rhythmic Gymnastics when she was about 4-5 years old. And GOD is she GOOD. Photobucket

Apparently she trains under the Classical Russian Ballet, which would explain her incredibly good technique (AT AGE 5, MAY I REMIND YOU), something I'd ashamedly admit is even better than mine. But then again, my technique isn't much to shout about, is there? Photobucket


 Heck, she's FIVE and already she's learning Chaines and Poses and Pirouettes?? Photobucket And to think... what I was doing at five years old... *cries*

And then in gymnastics, at 5 years old she is already in level 4. Now, I know close to nothing about how the gymnastic grades/levels go, but apparently Kaylee had started gymnastics either right after she turned 5, or 9 months before she was 5. Either way, for her to be able to go from Level 1 to Level 4 within 9 months... Well, that's hecka good.

I read a comment that said she's awesome in gym and all, but she has the body/techniques of a ballerina through and through. Honestly, if that was me I'd HARDLY complain. It would be a compliment to have a body of ANY kind of dancer!

Me, on the other hand... I have a body of a God.



*I don't mean to insult or anything, in case you didn't know or haven't already guessed. It's all meant in good humour. It means I'm fat. Photobucket

Jokes and admiration aside, however, I've posted this to prove a point about something as well.

If a FIVE YEAR OLD is able to attain that level in such a short period of time, who are we to give excuses that ' we can't ' ?

Sure, some people may be born with the talent or the body type (but some of whom who has these attributes and NOT like dancing... yes, I know. It irritates me too. Photobucket ), and some of us (yours truly included) have to work our asses off almost THRICE as hard to obtain HALF the result of people like Kaylee.

Still, I'm saying that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, and that everything CAN be possible if you keep working hard and putting your heart in it. Nothing can be done properly if you don't have the heart for it.
Or the talent, for that matter.

Sure, we may not be as good as we HOPE to be (what with each of us having different levels of what we think to be 'good enough' ), but it's workable. 

Look at the video below, and TELL me you don't get inspired watching it. 

This girl has Down's Syndrome, but look at how she dances. And notice the applause she got at the end of her performance. It's because although I'm sure she knew she made some mistakes here and there, she never let it get to her and continued smiling and dancing with all her heart. And just by looking at her dance, you can tell that she absolutely LOVES what she's doing.

I've seen this video before, but no matter how many times I do, every time I see it, it brings a smile to my face and brightens up my day.

I'll end this post here, but leave you with this thought in mind: If someone who has Down's Syndrome can go out there in public, not a hint of fear in her eyes at what some may think, and dance like it's all she ever wants to do, why can't WE do the same?