Ballerina Struggles to Balance Health, Family, and Work (Barely Breathing Ballerina E5)
** To commemorate Husband Appreciation Day, OGTV is sharing an episode from our original series, Barely Breathing Ballerina, about a deaf dancer struggling to balance health, home and career, and her loving and supportive spouse. **
Bailey Vincent desperately wants to get back to doing the things she loves as she battles a lung infection that followed her most recent surgery. In this episode of Barely Breathing Ballerina, she will stretch herself as far as she dares in order to participate in a family outing followed by a dance rehearsal with her Company360 youth ensemble.
It's a beautiful fall day as Bailey, husband John, and their two daughters, Kage and Follin, set out for nearby Snead's Farm to see their collection of animals, sample their delicious hot chocolate, and, hopefully, find that perfect pumpkin. Although she is deaf, Bailey strives to be a normal mom and wife despite her limits. Sometimes knowing sign language can be an advantage, especially when your daughter has a question and she is way on the other side of a pumpkin patch!
Bailey is unwilling to let her being deaf be a damper on her family life or her work life. Her creative answer to her condition is to add some ASL into the choreography as a way to incorporate her deafness and deaf culture, and make it something celebrated and beautiful. The far bigger issue for her when she gets to the studio is making sure that she paces herself so she is able to demonstrate and talk the Youth Company group through the movements without losing her breath.
Bailey is anxious to finish the dance training because there are only a few weeks to go before the scheduled performance. Although her health issues make it difficult, Bailey is inspired by her group and how much emotion they put into their dancing. "They always give me 110% of themselves. There's no way I can't give 100% of myself, in return," she says thankfully. "Despite the hardships, it's always worth it to get any amount of time with these beautiful dancers who give so much to me."
Although Bailey is still recovering, the joy she gets from spending time with her family and her dancers is the best medicine she could possibly get.
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