Our core group decided on two things before college, that we would head our own way and pursue our academic or employment goals, but then that we would all gather up again where we could once it was all over to continue pursuing our passion. It sounds like a weird pact to make in hindsight, but it turned out to work, fortunately for us. My two compatriots head out to go to college, and myself, I went to work for my uncle at a Louisville Roofers company. I know that it didn’t seem like much of a goal in the short term, but I love my work, I’m good at it, and I can continue it for as long as homes and businesses have roofs, so I’m ok with it.
When my friends finished with their studies, they decided to move up here with their degrees, as Louisville is a pretty big area, and they could pursue their careers while still being together. We began once again holding auditions almost the same weekend they landed and got set up in their own places as we were all in a hurry to get going again on things as soon as possible. Once we had our fifteen people gathered, we set our sights a little higher. There was a local national dance competition that was facing off some of the best dance crews in the country against each other, and we knew that it was the right launching platform for us.
Though we knew we wouldn’t win, only having roughly seven months to prepare, we went in with a different objective, to simply get our name out there, and garner some recognition for our troupe as a whole to possibly push further the following year. We put in some of the hardest work ever when it came to our dance, and pushed our new troupe members even harder. All while trying to balance work and home life. But fortunately, we have been surrounded by supportive people who have allowed us to do so with minimal personal impact. Within that seven month period, we put together a routine that we felt confident in, and ready to bring to the world as a whole.
Our set went well, and we accomplished what we came for. We had a respectable fourth place finish, and managed to put our name on the map, which was our ultimate goal. From that point to today, we have the fortune of working with some of the best dancers in the region, who come in and put on workshops for local area kids, we work with many local charities, and we perform at every opportunity we get. We have had the ability to take our dreams from behind the school yard, onto a national stage, and still move forward with it every single day that goes by. We are blessed, and fortunate to have been able to follow our dreams, and we hope to inspire others to do the same, and to show that you can be both a dreamer and responsible.