The risk to remain in the bud was more painful than the risk to blossom – Celebrating International Women’s Day with Carolyn Boll

Informed by her background as a dancer and choreographer, Carolyn Boll’s work is a thoroughly engaging partnership between words, dance, music and image, and is accessible to anyone.  She is a West Island resident.  Carolyn took life by the horns and made her dreams come true by publishing a book in her 60th year.
Here is her message on International Women’s Day:
What does it feel like to be a 59 year-old emerging writer who has just had her first book published? It feels amazing to this late-bloomer!
I started my first book when I was twelve years old, but I was a serious ballet student at the time, so I chose dance instead and had a career as an independent Dance Artist for quite a few years until, to make a long story short, I began to realize I was writing in my journal more than I was dancing, and the day came when instead of choosing to continue dancing, writing chose me.
So now, in my 60th year, my book Social Dance A Book of Ballroom Poetry is out from US indie publisher Sally Jane Books.
After reading Social Dance, Lauren Warnecke, Dance Contributor to The Chicago Tribune, said that it is “…a reminder to all that…life itself is a dance…” and the dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker, recipient of the Order of Canada exclaimed “Oh how I love this exquisite volume of voluptuous, ecstatic poems!”
So yes, as I celebrate International Women’s Day this year, I remember the many incredible women who have inspired me along the way, including the fascinating Anais Nin.
Her quote, “…and the day came when the risk to remain in the bud was more painful than the risk to blossom…” planted a seed in me many years ago, and I now find myself an author in my sixtieth year, wholeheartedly and fully in bloom.


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