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Dance

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Dance is my life. I eat, sleep, and breathe it. I have since before I can remember. To give you a little background, I started dancing when I was three years old in a small basement studio. My older sister was a dancer and I aspired to be just like her, in every aspect of life actually. I soon outgrew this little studio and my mom started me at what would be my second home for the next 16 years – The Dance Club. I started with Jazz, Ballet, and a tap class (which I hated at the time). Within a few years I jumped up to a team and started competing. This is when I started to take it more seriously. At 7 years old I was crying because I didn’t get a solo part or because I didn’t get to be front and center, haha (I’m 5’11 now, so you can imagine I was always pretty tall). Anyways, I won’t bore you with my life story but, after a few years I finally made the highest team, Company. I had worked so hard and couldn’t believe I had made it. For the next 7 years I lived at the studio. 2-10 everyday. I left straight from school, danced all day, went straight home to finish all my homework until about 2 am every night (I was a straight A student and my parents were troopers). I’ll be honest though, I was never the best one on my team, but man, I worked my butt off every single day because I wanted it, I wanted to be the best! I went to extra classes, took privates, spent extra hours trying to be the best I could possibly be. I traveled all over the place trying to get an “Outstanding Dancer” Scholarship – which I finally did.

Once I graduated High School, I got into BYU and auditioned for the highly prestigious, 16 time national champion dance team, Cougarettes. I was crazy skinny, tall, and frankly kind of awkward (as a dancer) and well, I didn’t make it. I was CRUSHED. My dream had fallen through. At the time, I thought nothing in the world could be so horrible. But, I swallowed my pride and spent my freshman year taking TONS of extra classes – ballet, jazz, pointe, ballet privates, adult classes, classes with my old company. I was determined that if I worked my absolute hardest and gave it everything I had (in all aspects of my life) that this would happen for me. And guess what?! It did!!! I made the team that next year and loved every second of it (despite my coach being brutally mean to me). The friends that I made will last a lifetime and the experiences had will shape me for the rest of my life. I then did the BYU Contemporary Company for a year and toured Southern California performing all over the place. Honestly, that’s when I realized how much I needed dance in my life. I had just broken up with someone and felt my heart had broken into a million pieces, Cougarettes didn’t go quite as I had planned, life was no where near where I had “planned” it to be (is it ever?)  but, when I danced, everything felt right again. As dramatic as this is, I know I was born to be on that stage. I live for it. I feel whole and happy when I am dancing. It’s a feeling I can’t begin to describe. It’s the place I can be most vulnerable and free. I seriously love it!

Okay, this is not to brag or be overly conceited or even dramatic, this is to tell each and every single one of you.. YOU CAN DO whatever you set your mind to. You can accomplish anything. When I watch this video, honestly, I am just so proud of myself. I’m so proud of how far I have come, and the battles I have faced to get here, yes I still have so much work to do, but for me, I am happy with where I am at. I have worked SO hard to get to this point. Like I said, I was never the best at my studio or even on Cougarettes, but, through hard work, consistent effort, the help of my teachers, parents, sister, and my Heavenly Father, I have achieved so many goals. So, to the girl who thinks she isn’t good enough or the person who thinks they can’t achieve a goal, I’m here to tell you, YOU CAN!!! You are good enough, you are smart enough, talented enough, YOU are enough, and you can accomplish anything! As the company I work for says, “The harder we work, the luckier we get”.

I love you all. I love my life. I love dance.

XO,

Meg

Tossed Salt Spray

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Outfit Details:

Top: Nordstrom & Vince (on sale!) | Black Pants: Rag and Bone | Booties: Nordstrom | Jewelry: The Peach Box

Hiii Friends! Happy Monday.

 I have found the worlds greatest hair product, I’m literally obsessed. It’s called, Tossed Salt Spray. It adds so much volume to my hair. I’ve been using it to let my hair dry, adding extra curl and volume, and then either leaving it for a natural beach wave, or adding some curls for a little more glam. Last week, I was in California, touring and performing with my dance company, BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre, and I used it almost every day. My hair was seriously on point. So wavy. I loved it. As a side note, can I just move to California? The weather? literally amazing. Anyways, the trip was amazing and I couldn’t have been happier dancing and performing every single day. I was in absolute heaven.

A lot of my readers probably don’t know this about me but, I grew up training and dancing competitively at a studio called The Dance Club. I was there from age 3-18 dancing on the highest company, and working with some of the worlds top choreographers. I loved every second of it and truly became the person I am because of it. So much of who I am I owe to my amazing teachers and studio directors. I grew as a dancer, a person as well as an artist while I was there, which is a huge reason I got into modeling, fashion, and photography. I also learned so much about hard work, responsibility, team work, integrity, and so much more thanks to The Dance Club. If you have little girls and are considering dance, it was the best thing I could have ever done. Just to add something else about myself, I now dance at BYU. I did Cougarettes for 2 years and am currently doing the contemporary dance company, minoring in dance and majoring in photography. This summer, I am doing an internship in NYC with Jon Moe for fashion photography.  I’m hoping to take and assist some dance classes as well. I auditioned for the Rockette intensive while I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, and I just found out I got in, so I’ll be doing that as well, which I’m super excited about. After graduation, I hope to move back to NYC and pursue dance as a professional career, while continuing my love for photography, fashion and modeling. Goals.

Thanks so much for reading, love you babes.

XO

Megs

BYU Cougarettes

 
Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons, one being Fall football! Last Thursday was our very first home game. It was so fun and beyond exciting to be back out on the field, dancing my little heart out. It really is the most surreal experience to be down on the field in front of thousands of people cheering and dancing for my favorite school. I love it so much. Not to mention I love my team more than anything. They are the best. I thought it would be fun to show you a little bit about my life outside of what I’ve shown, because it’s definitely one of the biggest parts of my life. I’ve spent my entire life dancing and I love it so much, so, I thought, why not share that with you? It’s gonna be a good season for our cougars, can’t wait! 
 
 
I hope you have an amazing day! Thanks for stopping by! 
 
 
XO Megs…
 
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