Closing the Chapter…

“Everything happens for a reason…sometimes the reason is crystal clear and other times not so much…and in those times when it’s not so easy to understand the why, is when you hold your head high and have a little faith that everything, eventually will be ok.” – me

Life is a book with many chapter and all chapters must end for new ones to begin…

My very first private lesson with Waylon Jones – April 12, 2010

I have been a student of Jones Dance Ballroom Studios for 2 years and 9 months.  I have had the honor and privilege of being trained by a professional, talented dancer and an incredible instructor, Waylon Jones.  Unfortunately, with great sadness and a heavy heart, I am closing this chapter in my life as the New Year begins.  This chapter, titled, Jones Dance, has been a magical journey that will forever remain very dear to me.

“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth’.” – Dan Rather

I love the above quote by Dan Rather, because it describes the kind of teacher that Waylon Jones is to me.  I am so grateful for Waylon’s belief in my dancing, and everything he did for me so that I could become so much more than I ever imagined. He was not just my instructor, but also my dance mentor.  A teacher like him is truly irreplaceable. I will always have many great memories, experiences and priceless knowledge to take with me to the next chapter in my ballroom dance journey.  I wish him only the best on the next chapter in his life.

My last performance with Waylon Jones – September 23, 2012

As I struggle to write this blog post and accept the situation, I ask myself this important question, “Now what?”.  I’m not sure what the future holds, but I do know this:  there will be a next chapter in my ballroom dance journey simply because I have to dance.  So keep calm and dance on!  Happy New Year.

“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” – Anonymous

One Response to “Closing the Chapter…”

  1. Jessica 07. Jan, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Well said! I’ll be in your cheering section no matter which avenue you choose. My greatest memories with you guys are not really dance related at all. The shushes, the uncontrollable laughter, the tongue scraping, the facial expression “workshop,” and even the tears, fake eyelashes, spray tan, and trashcan kind of nervousness…all dear to me and not soon forgotten. We’ve dealt with injuries, life situations, and even the death of loved ones together. That’s how we roll! I respect you so much for pursuing your passion regardless of the obstacle. Best wishes always, “Your partner in crime”

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