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Gene Doray

Vice Principal, Educator - High School

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What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?

I am curious about when people developed a long standing passion and what caused them to become inspired by the topic/activity. Did you discover it on your own or was it the result of the modelling of others. Is there greater motivation to act primarily for self improvement or for the betterment of others?

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  • Sep 1 2011: My passion is dance. I can't remember a time when I didn't dance- its always been a part of my life. I was born with a gift for rhythm and a love of music. When I hear music I HAVE to MOVE- its innate. I did, however, stop taking class for a about a 10 year stretch. I was married and trying to pay bills by working jobs I hated. for many and various reasons, my marriage ended and it was then that i remembered what I was passionate about- my dance. So I auditioned for a show- got cast in the ensemble, started dancing again and here I am -one year later- teaching dance at several different schools, and steadily getting cast in shows as a dancer and an actor. It took me 32 years to learn this, but if you just do what you are passionate about, the money and the security will follow. It sounds so simple, so insanely simple, but its TRUE.

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