Quote above by Martha Graham
By Sabrina Skiles
Dance can inspire people in many different ways. I have been inspired by dance since I was two years old. I love how a single note and a corresponding dance step can take you to a different world. That’s what dance was for me, especially when I was diagnosed with psoriasis in high school.
Imagine a young girl in junior high school. Think of all the pressures she faces in the world daily: algebra, mean girls, awkward phases, boys, homework, and curfews. Now add to those challenges red, flaky spots covering 90% of her body, which seem to come out of nowhere. This recipe yields one very confused girl who was previously just trying to get through each day of school, but was now confronted with the difficulty of an incurable autoimmune disease that appeared on her skin.
The only thing that helped me through the day was dance. I’ll have to admit, it was extremely helpful that I could wear tights and leotards which helped cover up my spots, but when I was dancing, nothing else mattered. I would walk on stage, head held high, not thinking about my disease, but instead wanting to match every movement to the beat of the music.
That’s the thing about dance, art and music. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through in life, how you feel, or how rough your day was. Just turn on your favorite song (in my case, Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”), put on your comfy clothes, and sing or dance your heart out. No one is there to judge you.
I am 31 years old today and although psoriasis is an incurable disease, I know that dance and music will always be there for me. When my psoriasis gets to me I know the arts will be there to lift me up and make me feel confident enough to live a healthy, balanced and happy life.
Sabrina Skiles is a fashion, lifestyle blogger and creator of Homegrown Houston where she offers fashion tips, pregnancy advice, psoriasis tips and so much more. She has had psoriasis for 15+ years and is a volunteer mentor, coach and online influencer for the National Psoriasis Foundation. She currently works as the Business Relations and Marketing Specialist for Camden Post Oak.