A lifetime dedicated to music, playing with great international stars like Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Judy Garland and Dean Martin, Canadian trombonist, Claude Blouin, shares his passions and most memorable experiences before taking the big step towards retirement. What will he miss the most? What does he love about Ballroom Dancing?
They play every instrument with each muscle. They speak a hundred languages to a deaf man through vibration, translating a melody with unexplainable lyrics to those who cannot comprehend. They will move a soul in solitude, a heart afraid to love, a body too timid to be touched and a bored man to imagination. They will seek to connect what they have yet to feel through a new angle or glance. In a dancer's darkest hour they will seek the floor for strength, exchanging loneliness for company, for in these moments it feels as if the world is watching.
It is in a dancer's heart, body, mind, ears, eyes and gut that they will search to deliver what you may only see once. The desperation of reaction will draw them to eat from the floor and drink from your tears. A dancer will starve a lifetime to feel they attained the absolute moment of truth with the audience.
Set goals and dreams for yourself. No matter how big or small your goals may be, have faith that you can and will accomplish them. Free yourself from any old habits, behaviours or thoughts that are preventing you from making your goals and dreams a reality. Remember that you have the capacity to achieve absolutely anything.
So, do not feel that you must follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Give yourself a little push outside of your comfort zone and do not let any fears or inhibitions control you. Instead of sustaining yourself at that level, rise above and beyond it and enjoy the journey. After all...Life is what you make it!