The next thing Shifali knew was that she was in a strange ... ... middle of paper ... ...gh and cry at the same time. Her parents explained that the school, her friends and Asha had pitched in to buy Shifali the leg. She was overwhelmed to see that there were so many people who believed in her. The new leg, and encouragement from her family boosted Shifali’s confidence, and allowed her to focus on her dance. She stayed motivated, and self-disciplined throughout the tough training classes.
Rockettes are known for having flawless legs, and I started to become leggy myself. I focused on my tap and jazz technique, just as the Rockettes do, while performing in national dance competitions and at many other events. At fifteen, as an experienced dancer at The Center of Creative Arts Dance Company, a friend invited me to audition with her for the Junior Rockettes in Chicago. When she backed out, my family drove me, and I joined 250 other girls in a line that wrapped around the building. For two exhausting days, I tapped hundreds of rhythms, executed several jazz routines, and high kicked enough that my hamstrings would never be the same.
The spring dance concert is a performance everyone is looking forward to. Families and friends can see what their students do in class for an hour and a half a day performed in two or more amazing dances. During the dance concert dress rehearsal I learned a lot about the dance department and about my peers who dance. In my 18 weeks of dance class, I have only been able to perform and not see what my teacher sees. In the dress rehearsal, I got to view others and see the big picture.
Since the age of two, I have been dancing. I have been involved in lyrical and classical ballet, contemporary, pointe, hiphop, jazz and tap. When I turned 6 I also took up gymnastics. Through middle school I danced, and did gymanstics as well as softball and soccer. I loved these sports but when high school hit, I had to pick one and I chose cheerleading.
The History of Ballet The first experience of watching a ballet, for me or any little girl, can be fascinating and exhilarating. Wondering how a dancer can be so steady on her toes as she spins in circles and leaps through the air. Watching a ballet, there is a feeling of wanting to be graceful, as well as the warm sensation felt by a little girl as she slips into dream land. My mom had taken me to my first ballet when I was 11 years old. When we returned home home, she signed me up for classes at the local dance center.
The greatest thing that has sparked my development in leadership, service, and character is dance. I have been dancing for about 15 years, so my studio is practically my second home. Since the inexperienced age of three, I’ve been dancing my heart out on and off the stage. My dance teacher, Tammie McSwain, taught me the ins and outs of everything dance related, including proper technique, impressive leaps and turns, musicality, and performance. Tammie taught me how to go out on stage and grab the audience’s attention and hold them in the palm of my hand for the entire performance.
My principal extracurricular activity has been dancing, which I have been pursuing since I was a sixth grader. Indubitably, my dance has given me my identity and recognition at school. I am the ‘dancer’ who can be called upon to save the day anytime! Today, I cannot separate my art from me, for we are one. As a part of my school’s exclusive dance troupe, we not only perform in school for multiple occasions, like, Prize Day, National Day (UAE), India’s Republic Day and Independence Day etcetera, but also participate in inter-school competitions and win prizes.
I would learn the routines so quickly that the instructor would sometimes ask me to help her teach the other students. The greatest part of being in ballet was attending the ballet recitals. That was when each of us let ourselves shine in front of our family and friends. I always thought that the crowd was watching my every move and thinking, “Wow, that girl dances so gracefully.” Just thinking that made me try even harder to be the best I could. I would practice every day after school and right before bedtime, too.
Her movement included lots of leaps, turns, kicks, and sassy hip movements. The transition to the floor is one of my favorite parts of this routine. At a young age, Fosse began his training at the Fredrick Weaver Ballet School. This lead down the path of entertainment and performance as he used his training to perform in The Riff Brothers and serving in the entertainment unit after entering the Navy. It wasn’t until 1954 when he was given his first shot as a choreographer working on The Pajama Game, that he realized this was what he was meant for.
And just like regular literacy and language, it modifies and improves throughout the years and as I continue to progress. The more that I practice dancing and the art, the better I will be at it and the more I will learn. I started to learn to dance when I was 4 years old and just like the words I spoke were simple and small, the dance move I knew how to do were the same. Dance classes consisted of pink tutus with canvas ballerina slippers and a whole bunch of hair spray and bobby pins. You could hear the loud classical music being played over the teacher telling us what are 8 count combination was in French.