Grover Talks 2 Dancers

The Whole Nine Yardsgrover talks

According to Suzy Miller: ‘Grover’s successes grew out of realistic-be-easy-to-work-with-and-make-the-most-of-it experiences. Considering what he accomplished,’ Suzy adds, ‘his leap from a 3-room shack on a dirt road in rural Pennsylvania to the stages of Broadway and Hollywood is pretty remarkable.’


The exchanges below between Grover and dancers searching for answers speak for themselves.


Dear Grover,

It was a blessing to find your website! Just what I needed! Your encouragement to others about following their dreams helped me a lot. I am 25 years old. Yikes! Fortunately, I don't look it and I certainly don't feel it! I could pass easily for 19 or so people say.

Dancer's body? Got it. It is a little rusty though. Here's the bad news...I started dancing at the age of 4, received good training and participated in many competitions, and then stopped completely when I went to high school. Did high school things like swimming and cheerleading, performed in a high school talent show. Then I went to a college that didn't have a dance program (yet another regret), and received a BA in psychology. To me, dancing never really seemed like an obtainable career, just a wishful dream. Now I have a degree in something that bores me to tears and a longing to dance.

So after talking about it for 11 years, I took a dance workshop. The teacher was amazed when I told her how long it had been since I danced. She said it looked like I never stopped. Those were the words I needed to hear.

I've read every word of your website. I need some direction. I keep hitting a brick wall. I have been calling studios and asking if they offer adult classes, and they really don't. Not at the level that I am looking for. I need to be challenged! This is not a hobby. My goal isn't to perform well at a recital at the end of the year. I want to dance!! And if I can make a career out of it, then my dreams will have come true!!! Finally!! I could take a train to New York for classes, no problem. Where do I sign up?

Can I just sign up? Help me, please.

Dear Laura,

Good for you! At 25, you're in touch with what you want to do with your life. If anyone's ready to stimulate a "wishful" dream into a reality, it's you! You are a fine example of someone who's ready to take meaningful action.

Yes, you can just sign up. NYC is the dance mecca. Great schools, great teachers, great possibilities. Broadway Dance Center and Steps, just to name a few. BDC has five floors of classes going on simultaneously. You can monitor until your heart's content. Your intuition will tell you which classes will give you the challenges you're seeking.

Don't discount that BA in psychology that you worked for. It's what you needed to do to arrive at where you are today. It has served you well and, no doubt, will continue to do so. When you're ready to talk about kind of career you want and the agent you want, drop me a line.

Wishing you well,
- Grover D

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