An Open Letter to the Dance Teacher that Changed my Life

Sarah Elizabeth Ferguson

Thank you.

I know we met a little later than most, but it feels like it's been a lifetime. There are never going to be enough words to express how thankful I am for everything you've done, though I sure can try. Thank you for the countless hours you've spent working with me. Thank you for providing me with all the tough love I could ever ask for. Thank you inspiring, helping, and motivating me to achieve things I never thought possible. Thank you for providing me with a home away from home. 

You have taught me so much that I will never forget. You've taught me that it's okay to fail and fail again, and if something isn't working there's another solution. You've taught me to be patient, to know that the greatest victories come only after the toughest battles. You've shown me how to be a leader; to aspire to inspire always and to never give up on people. You've taught me to demand respect. Even when I was unsure and unconfident, you taught me how to demand the respect of my peers and everyone around me. 

Last but certainly not least, you've taught me that blood does not define family. In the time that we've known each other you've become family to me, and you've shown me that dancers truly are family. You have welcomed me with open arms and even when I leave you, that bond will remain.

Please don't ever think that I don't need you. You have made one of the greatest impacts on my life and there will always be a time when I need a kick in the butt or a helping hand. You are a big reason as to why I do what I do and you have touched not only myself but all your students in a special way.

With love,

Your Student