Congratulations

Good morning, and congratulations on accepting your problem. Now that we have undertaken more research we can diagnose your condition as an adrenaline junkie. By opting to pursue a career in dance you have only intensified the addiction, but don’t worry we are here to help

I feel like this is what everyone should receive when they make the decision to become a performer. After performing in the student showcase and experiencing the high of being on stage I realised that the rush you feel is one of the biggest reasons why I like to dance. The moment when you are standing in the wings, scared your mind will go blank, heart beating a little faster, but at the same so excited to get up there- it’s intoxicating.

Then, when you finish and you’ve taken your bow it all seems so fast. The moment has gone, and you feel a sense of emptiness, barely remembering what happened. Elated, but empty. And so you want to do it again and again, and hence the realisation… you are an adrenaline junkie, and you don’t need to skydive to achieve it.

I feel like I may have proposed being an ‘adrenaline junkie’ as a negative thing, but I really don’t think it is. In fact I think it is one of the most natural things you could do (and there are no risks to your life like when you skydive). Dancing has always been a communal thing, and getting up and sharing dance with other people on stage, is in my opinion one of the best things a performer can do.

Sure, you have to battle an army of nerves sometimes- some people more than others. But when you think about that elation afterwards, the result of all those early morning technique classes and money you’ve spent, doesn’t it totally feel worth it? Being an adrenaline junkie isn’t that bad, and I know you all secretly revel in it.

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