Mind of a Dancer

November 23, 2017
By rheanna.nicole11 BRONZE, Blumenort, Manitoba
rheanna.nicole11 BRONZE, Blumenort, Manitoba
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Behind the shielding curtain
My name rings throughout the air
My body is poised although my mind, uncertain

Donning an ornamented gown and perfectly pulled back hair
I make my way to center stage and softly take my mark
In still anticipation, I am caught in the audiences stare

As the stage lights glaze my eyes, I am no longer in the dark
The classical melody, promoting notes of grace
My movement begins as my back forms an arc

Reminding myself to maintain an artistic face
My progression is exact as my feet float across the stage
I begin to turn faster and faster as the music builds at a steady pace

The emotion through my body moves like music on a page
I am lost in the creativity through my body, mind, and soul
I courteously bow and make my way backstage

The exhilaration is electrifying, and all such doubt has been removed


The author's comments:

My inspiration for this Terza Rima style poem came from a personal experience I had many years ago. During the beginning of my dancing journey, I had experienced severe stage fright and had to control my mind artistically through my movement to become comfortable on stage. I have now been performing on stage for 13 years and feel completely safe while dancing on stage. Writing this poem only reminded me of how I've got to where I am today in dance. My hope is for people to read my work and gain a further understanding of what the experience is like and what goes through a dancer's mind before and while performing. 


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