Dancer Fails Time And Time Again, But When She Finally Lets Go — The Magic Happens.

Brilliant.

When faced with the pressures and struggles of being a dancer, a young woman fights to perfect a choreographed dance routine over and over again.

In a "short film competition called 'Be True To Your Pleasure,' inviting emerging filmmakers to send in their short film ideas about personal pleasure and the joy of letting go," three winning ideas were transformed into realities. 

One film, entitled "Kai" by Andrew Cumming, captures the magic that ignites when a dancer releases her insecurities and "has a collision with joy, [learning] to let go and express her pleasure freely."

"The inspiration behind 'Kai' sums up how strange and fortuitous filmmaking can be," Cumming tells A Plus in an email. 

Prior to this film, Cumming worked with a dance company in Scotland where he was "mesmerised by how [the] dancers moved; their bodies just exploded with energy and told these very emotionally charged stories in a visual way, just like a film should."

There, he met "the real Kai," who is originally from Taiwan and inspired his work for the film competition.

"So I worked my way backwards and asked myself all sorts of questions; what does it cost a person to be that dedicated? How does it feel to fail constantly and publicly, hoping for that one perfect moment when everything click into place? Can that moment be forced, or is something that springs up out of our subconscious? Most importantly, what does that moment feel like?" Cumming adds.

At the start of his film, Kai practices her dance routine to no end — in both the privacy of her own home and in her dance class.

In class, she is constantly stopped and criticized by her dance teacher, causing visible frustration and discouragement.

When her peers invite her to social events, Kai rejects them and heads home to a dark, private world where she continues to face the pressure of perfection.

But in a beautiful turn of events, Kai accepts an invitation to the beach, where all of her inhibitions are washed away.

And finally, the beauty that comes when we learn to let go is translated through Kai's dance for the remainder of the heart-pumping film.

In Cumming's opinion, there are multiple reasons as to why today's society forces people to get in the way of their own goals. 

First, there are financial reasons. Children cannot necessarily grow up with a solid education and ensure that they will have a good job and financial success. A lack of opportunities means people feel pressured to work extra hard, he says.

Additionally, Cumming believes social media is part of the problem (clarifying it is still good for communication).

"Everybody is on the front cover of their own glossy magazine and they're all doing great, or at least they all give the impression they're doing great," Cumming explains. "Imagine being a teenager right now — you're working your ass off without any hope of a job or a home and your friends are having way more fun than you."

"So I think Kai is an extension of that idea. Yes, work hard and go for your dreams but learn to let go… you’ve got to trust that it will all come good in the end, otherwise you’ll drive yourself nuts."

And Cumming speaks from experience. 

"Over time I've realized that a good director has complete faith in their plan — but knows to let it go if something more honest and interesting is offered by an actor, a grip, a cinematographer, a writer or a runner," he says.

"When I started out, I thought my films would be better if I achieved 100% of what I imagined. Now I realize that would be incredibly boring. The same probably goes for most creative endeavours… let it breathe a little."

Be sure to watch Cumming's full film below and remember: "Work hard for what you want, but try to enjoy it at the same time. The journey is the destination," Cumming says.

For more information, check out Cumming's website and Twitter.