2 min readOct 17, 2021


This is what a wise man once told me:

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

The wise man who told me this was actually my husband. He obviously didn’t make up the phrase, but he said it at exactly the right moment; and through my life I have seen how true this is, time and time again. For example:

A chiropractor who has a quick alignment solution for anything that ails you

A vegan who knows how to solve everybody’s digestive disorders

A carpenter who is asked to stop a leak

A shoulder surgeon who gives you shoulder surgery for what turned out to be a herniated C5 disc (yup, that happened)

A cook who feeds you any time you are upset.

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Funny that we say this as if it is a bad thing… but perhaps it is simply a solid life strategy.

What is yours?

Here’s what mine looks like:

I am worried about the economy: I dance.

I am hurt by my husband/children/friend: I dance.

I am afraid of aging: I dance.

I am upset with national politics: I dance.

I cannot control the outcome of… anything: I dance.

I am tired/weary/sad/happy: I dance.

I am overweight: I dance.

I am out of shape: I dance.

I am lonely: I dance.

I am in need of a friend: I dance.

Dance is my anchor, my salvation, my solution, my friend, my life strategy.

Dance is my hammer and LIFE is my nail.

This is WHY I DANCE.


Jules Szabo, founder of The Dancer’s Workout® (TDW) is a classically trained ballerina from the UNC School of the Arts and former corporate executive who helps busy working women, mothers, and empty nesters rediscover their love of dance. She specializes in the para-professional dancer (adult dancers who are not beginners and not professionals who simply love dance over most other forms of exercise). The Dancer’s Workout® classes were designed to provide former dancers an emotionally and physically safe path back to dance and to help current adult dancers and dance instructors achieve their daily fitness goals through dance. If you are a current or former dancer, you are invited to come dance with us.

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Jules is a classical ballerina and former corporate executive who helps adult dancers achieve their daily fitness goals through dance www.thedancersworkout.com