starting to dance again

Wow, what a difference a few months makes. I was recently encouraged to apply for an emerging artist residency at Pyramid Atlantic. My first reaction what shock, then secret pleasure at even being included on the list of others invited to do so. I then moved to "dare I?" and to "well, I won't get it, but let me go through the exercise just to get my feet wet." Today, as I send in my application...I want this!

I see this as progress: from not considering myself an "emerging artist," to someone who really is. I walked away from a dance career nearly 25 years ago, and haven't starting forgiving myself for this until recently. "Dancing again" feels like forgiveness...and a reclamation of my artist self.