From an early age, I was exposed to ballet. My mother would bring me to the studio and I would sit and watch in awe as the dancers practiced for hours upon hours.
I was taken by the beauty of the female body, the movements, balance, and more than anything, the commitment it takes to be a successful ballerina. I also saw the frustration, tears, anxiety, joy and many other emotions that are displayed backstage.
A recurring theme in this work parallels the social media era we are living in today. Just like the ballerinas who hide the pain, anxiety, and tears on stage, many people portray a perfect life on social media, but behind closed doors, are dealing with life’s issues.
The Dancer is a celebration of women, their strength, perseverance, and beauty, reinforces the idea of hard work and dedication, and serves as a constant reminder to spread love and be there for the ones you love, as you don’t always know what’s going on backstage.