Personal Narrative: A Career As A Dance

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"Dance, when you 're broken open. Dance, if you 've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you 're perfectly free.”
― Rumi That was my motto for the last eight years of my life. I eat, slept, and breathed dance, four of which were at the professional level. Being a dancer is often romanticized in social media, as well as in literature. Being a dancer takes all of ones efforts. You are told from a very early age to be, "perfect". Perfect in your form, and in your body. During my career as a dancer I have danced in many different styles; salsa, jazz, ballet, and modern. Each require something specific from the dancer. For salsa it 's all about passion, passion with the music, with yourself, and with your partner. Jazz is about feeling every beat in your body and moving like there is no tomorrow. However ballet and modern are a very structured dance form. Modern dance is all about control of ones body, even when it may seem to be untamed. It takes a lot of
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The recurrent binge-and-purge cycles of bulimia can affect the entire digestive system and can lead to electrolyte and chemical imbalances in the body that affect the heart and other major organ functions. Some of the health consequences of bulimia nervosa include:
Electrolyte imbalances that can lead to irregular heartbeats and possibly heart failure and death. Electrolyte imbalance is caused by dehydration and loss of potassium, sodium and chloride from the body as a result of purging behaviors. Potential for gastric rupture during periods of bingeing. Inflammation and possible rupture of the esophagus from frequent vomiting. Tooth decay and staining from stomach acids released during frequent vomiting. Chronic irregular bowel movements and constipation as a result of laxative abuse, and Peptic ulcers and pancreatitis. Obliviously both of these diseases will effect one mental and physical
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