Emerline Ji

One Year of Dancing

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One month ago, I finally turned 25... and while I still feel like I'm settling into the fact that I'm now in my mid-twenties — I kinda dig it! It feels like an interesting age to me because I've never felt more comfortable in my own skin and yet I also feel like I'm going through an intense learning period of figuring out who I am. What kind of life do I want to live? How am I living right now? Is there there anything that I'm not doing yet? What brings me real joy? What things matter to me? 

MY BIGGEST CHERRY

Among all the crazy things I throw myself into in the span of a week, dancing has been one of them. Beginner hip-hop workshops to be exact. A few days ago, I found myself saying this in my team meeting: 

Team: "Emerline, what's your cherry (positive thing) and pit (negative thing) this week?" 
Me: "Hm..." 
Team: "Is it dancing? Your cherry MUST be dancing." 
Me: "Oh my god, yes! You're right! Dancing is really my biggest cherry these days." 

The conversation made me realize that it's been a little over a year since I've started to regularly attend dance workshops at House of Movement. I started attending early last year after moving to New York and after a few workshops, I was convinced that House of Movement was a really fun and inclusive community. I’ve become friends with some of the staff and I always look forward to going to my classes as much as possible. Dancing is one of the activities that definitely brings me joy. 


NO LONGER A TOTAL SQUID

Even though I’ve been attending for year, it’s only been a few weeks since I’ve started to become OK with being recorded and sharing those clips with my friends via Instagram. The reason? I can finally somewhat keep up and not be a total squid in class. Hahahaha. 

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