My Life On the Road: Chapter 3

By on May 11, 2016

As I write this, I sit in a beautiful water-front cafe in France, MollyPart3_2after a day full of performing, shopping and eating the best food that I’ve ever tasted. Hopefully, that’s enough of an indication of what a dream job this has been! In the past month, I’ve visited twelve countries and twenty-three cities. I’m falling madly in love with the world and all it has to offer. I can now say I’ve danced in the streets of Venice, sung in a cafe in France and even salsa danced in Barcelona. Every city I’ve seen so far has been incredible, but Venice has been my favorite. I wandered through streets outside of the crowded city. It was so quiet and peaceful. I was able to just take in all the beautiful architecture and rich history that fills the city. My dance partner and I even danced through the streets, not caring who was watching us. Sometimes the best thing to do is to shut off your phone, and just let yourself get lost. I wandered the streets for hours before stopping at a hole in the wall pizzeria. It really was the perfect day.

MollyPart3_1Because of the diverse style requirements, I’ve been able to see what other styles of dance I enjoy. Another thing I would recommend to any other dancers: learn as many new styles as you can! You never know what a future job may require, and it’s great to be prepared. I walked into my audition for the cruise ship with no ballroom experience, and I was lucky enough that my jazz portion of the audition was strong enough to make up for my lack of ballroom skills. Now I see how important having training in styles apart from jazz, lyrical and ballet can be. Singing and acting skills are also a huge asset for dancers; much more than I had previously realized. I wouldn’t have thought that I would love ballroom as much as I do, and because of this job, I’ve found that I really love tango and cha cha!

This journey has been so eye-opening and inspiring already, and I’m not even two months into my seven month contract. Although I was absolutely terrified to take this job, I am so happy I did. I would recommend working on a cruise ship to any dancer who wants to be independent, who wants to be pushed further than he/she thought possible, and who wants to see the world. Although it’s tough and very demanding, the rewards from this job are priceless. I can’t wait to continue sharing my travels with you as I head into the Baltic Sea. Next up: the Viking Sea’s christening in London!

Just in case you missed them, check out Molly’s previous articles here:

About Molly Peterson

Molly Peterson is a California-based dancer, and has been dancing since she was three years old. She's trained in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and ballroom. Molly has been modeling for Discount Dance for three years and is now a brand ambassador. Holding an interest in Public Relations, she is currently a full time student working on her Bachelors degree in Business. She hopes to one day work for Discount Dance after her dancing career. She is currently traveling across Europe as the lead female dancer for Viking Ocean Cruises.

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