One thing I’ve learnt from my dance journey so far is the importance of being vulnerable to your audience. I’ve also learnt that it is possibly one of the hardest things to do consistently. Like a lot of things, it’s one of those skills that require persistence and courage.

I’ve noticed that artforms seem to reflect the reality of the world they are birthed in. The way we relate to vulnerability in dance is the same way in which we deal with vulnerability in life. While most of us tend to shy away from vulnerability, especially in front of others, the fact of the matter is that life itself IS vulnerable. Strength and weakness are two sides of the same coin. Expressing your human vulnerability and acknowledging your “weaknesses” is in itself a great strength. Without vulnerability & so-called weaknesses, strength would not exist.

Perhaps instead of fearing allowing others to witness our fragility, we should ask ourselves what is there to lose? As we said, life itself is vulnerable. So doesn’t that mean that being vulnerable is being alive? Doesn’t that encompass being human? Let’s strive to adopt this mindset.

So here’s to being unashamed of our humility, allowing ourselves to be seen & heard and being brave enough to dance and live daringly vulnerably.

– Jessica

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