This Ballet Dancer Is Proving We Can All Reach Our Goals

Erik Cavanaugh is proving that grace comes in all shapes and sizes, even in dancing.

The 23 year old dancer/choreographer has been dancing quite seriously for 6 years. He did musicals in high school and group performances in college. His dedication to the craft is inspiring, despite what some people may call an "unconventional body type."

"Dancing has this stereotype that only the thinnest can be successful, when that is not true," Cavanaugh, told PEOPLE. "Dance is for everyone and anyone who is willing to put in the work. I want people to finally see the world of dance as much more than just one size."

Cavanaugh has gained a lot of attention from the Internet for his incredible performances. His Instagram feed is a source of daily inspiration, reminding us all that it doesn't matter what society tells you; if you want something, you can work hard to achieve it. He's currently selling a line of sweaters, with the saying "Dance is for everyBODY"


           Instagram photo by Erik Cavanaugh • Sep 4, 2016 at 1:56pm UTC


Here are some of our favorite clips from Erik's Instagram of him dancing. His grace and connection to the music is so beautiful.


           Instagram video by Erik Cavanaugh • Sep 6, 2016 at 12:13am UTC



           Instagram video by Erik Cavanaugh • Aug 28, 2016 at 2:53pm UTC



           Instagram video by Erik Cavanaugh • Aug 24, 2016 at 11:01pm UTC



           Instagram video by Erik Cavanaugh • Aug 18, 2016 at 3:32pm UTC



           Instagram video by Erik Cavanaugh • Aug 17, 2016 at 1:29pm UTC



           Instagram video by Erik Cavanaugh • Aug 13, 2016 at 6:24pm UTC


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