Gratitude - A Director's Note

by Jordan Ordonez

At this point in my life, I have grown to strongly value four things in life: gratitude, understanding, happiness, and authenticity. This list is by no means complete, but during my twenty-six years, I have adopted these core values into my identity. Today, I would like to talk about gratitude.

I wholeheartedly believe that the best way to express gratitude is, not by simply saying, “thank you”, but by the act of “paying it forward”. Dance has been a part of my life for more than ten years and it has given me so much - passion, love, life-long friendships, and so much more. Dance makes me happy, it has become a therapeutic tool, and it gives me community.

I have been with Everybody Dance Now! for four years and have put in countless hours of work. This is my way of paying it forward and showing my gratitude to dance and my dance community. For the new year, I call on all of my friends, loved ones, and acquaintances to take stock of your life, find the part that has given you joy, and show your gratitude by paying it forward. Use your art, sports, or your profession to find a way to give back. That might be with your time, your money, or your support. Exchange and spread the knowledge that you have with others in your community. Volunteer your time, or donate a few dollars. Anything counts. It all matters.

- Jordan Ordonez