What is success in dance?

Some time back I collaborated with a friend on a series of duets. We were performing one of them in one of those showcase-type performances where a bunch of different choreographers show a dance or two. Her boyfriend was in the audience and happened to be sitting next to a well-known member of the dance community. The boyfriend knew the dancer. The dancer did not know the boyfriend. The boyfriend started a conversation with the dancer and asked her about the program. While going through the list of dances, she pointed to our duet and said, “This one is going to be good. They’re funny.” She knew our work and she was looking forward to seeing it. That, for me, is success.