As a dancer, I learned early in life that personal success was dependant on the success of those around you. When performing, there are so many tasks racing through my mind: making sure props and quick changes are set, helping the younger dancer with costumes and make-up, and many other small tasks. These wouldn’t directly affect me but they would affect the performance as a whole. These scenarios have been part of my life for 14 years and I realize that someone needs to step up and do more than what is needed of them. For the last few years, I have taken on that role because I felt I was best suited for it, being one of the most advanced dancers.
It’s the time of year where the Eugene Youth Ballet performs its annual Nutcracker tour. As a
My traits have led me to my current path in ways unimaginable. My dancing skills allow me to persevere through difficult challenges, be more flexible, and adapt to change more efficiently, while my quiet confidence allows me to be more humble. With the help of these talents and traits and the lessons I learned from them, I am able to be the most excellent version of myself and make the best out of my life. In the present day, I can assess how these traits help me in school, at home, and in the dance studio. Ultimately, possessing these talents and traits, I have the potential to go far and be successful in the
Confidence isn’t gained over night, it is something you feel and work towards; weather it be in class or on a stage, you work towards not being a vulnerable dancer, and showing that you are proud of your dancing. Victoria gained her confidence over the years of being a competitive dancer; the judges were always critiquing her so she could improve her dancing. Going into college, she auditioned for KnightMoves at The University of Central Florida. After gaining two years of a college dance team experience she thought why not push myself harder and become a professional; this is when she decided to audition for The Orlando Magic Dancers. Victoria went to three out of four pre-clinics that they offered, and after every class she went up to the coaches and thanked them. From the coaches, saying “Thank you.” and “It was great seeing you again.” truly pushed her even more to make the team. Victoria said, “my hands were clammy waiting for my name and number to be called, my heart was racing and I tuned everything out. When they called me for the 2014-2015 season, I did not realize that it was me, I had thought it was Victoria Rose.” Standing right beside me was her family, after Victoria’s name was called her family started screaming and crying, they were so proud of her, and I was
“The story and music are so classic. Everyone can relate,” said Annamia Rumley, owner of Tecumseh Dance Workshop. “The Nutcracker is the story of dreaming and of wonder and magic. It draws you in.” Rumley also serves as the creative director of Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ production of the Nutcracker Ballet. Every other year, for nearly 20 years, young dancers
I have taught dance classes for the last four years and the little dancers really look up to me as their role model. I was nominated as dance team captain by my peers for my school dance team. I have also been on the leadership team at Central DeWitt Community Schools. We would meet regularly to talk about goals to increase our leadership skills amongst our peers. I am also a member of the Jr. Brown Swiss Association and have lead the younger members through our annual concession stand fundraisers teaching them the ropes so they can help the next generation. All of these leadership roles are thanks to my devotion to 4-H. Being involved with my community is a future goal of mine. It always feels good to give
At age 3, I remember the spotlight shining on stage, as I danced my first dance recital. At 6, I remember moving to St. Louis, Missouri and trying to find a brand new dance studio and leaving the one behind in New Jersey. At 12, I remember I tried out for the Dance Floor’s competition team and not making the team, but I was put on another competitive team. At 14, I tried out for the Lafayette’s Dance Team, and not making the team and broke down in tears; I thought my high school career was over, not until I tried out for the tennis team.
Today is a crisp morning in October just like every other morning lately. The weather is not too bitter but it’s chilly enough to have the heat on. It is Friday, October 29th, 2010. I’m getting ready for school right now and I’m psyched for the middle school dance tonight! As a 6th grader, I’m exhilarated for my first dance. After I finish showering and get dressed, I straighten my hair in my bathroom. My brother Tanner, who is a sophomore, stills wistfully into my room and asks if I have any orange and black bead necklaces. I give him the ones I had. He thanks me and flexes his right arm to be silly, because he foresees himself as buff. Hanging on to his arm like a monkey, I smile with comfort and then give him a hug. Tanner has shaggy brown hair just like mine. He has solid dark brown eyes and he is pretty short. I guess you could say that runs in the family. Tanner is the most jocose person I know.
An opportunity I had wanted to take advantage of for what felt like centuries, finally fell at my feet eighth-grade year. Excited to step into the fabulous world of show choir, I realized one slight dilemma. Dancing in my bedroom to the radio station Q92.3 was my only previous experience with dancing. And when I say dancing, I mean flailing my arms and moving my body in the most awkward way possible. Of course, I didn’t remember my limited experience until the first SFZ dance rehearsal.
In the nursing home I was placed at, the current issue within my aggregate was smoking. After conducting a number of interviews with the smoking residents, the reason behind their smoking habits were how bored and isolated they felt. Although they had a dance program, it was usually instructor led meaning the instructor would perform while the residents looked on. With this in mind, we informed the recreational department and they were able to recruit more instructors to lead and interact with participants. Overall, the residents appreciated these new changes and were eager to have more dance lessons implemented throughout the week. Similarly, Create, a charity that promotes art to vulnerable population also emphasized the importance of having a professional dancer not to perform but to get the elderly to participate (Tran, 2015). Based on my experience, allowing for this involvement engages and empowers the
Morgan and Riley are always informing me about things they are doing on the dance committee and I try my best to help them. For Ladies Pay All, I made many snowflakes with Morgan who taught me a new way to make them. Before I only knew how to make plain, old, boring snowflakes. The process of setting up for dances is also a lot of work so I am happy I got to help their committee finish. The LPA dance went really smoothly before and after with everyone's help. We got done cleaning quickly without any trouble and staying after school to set up before hand wasn’t too difficult. Even though there wasn’t a huge group of people at LPA, the dance was still a success. An accomplishment for the whole class is the Homecoming Dance. I couldn’t go because I play on the softball team, but I was informed that it was still successful. We also took a whole bunch of pictures at the dances and to me it is a huge personal achievement knowing others save those pictures to remember the dance for
During Jr. High I learned how to play the violin through the orchestra program. During one of our bi-annual concerts, my section of violins came into the song too early, which ended up ruining the entire song. I remember how terribly lost the first violins sounded as we muddled our way through the song, the melody being several measures ahead of the rest of the orchestra. We all seemed to be relying on someone else’s proper timing to some degree. After that concert and the depressing and disappointing reaction from our teacher, I knew that I needed to learn how to count and rely on my own timing rather than thinking I could just rely on someone else. I still haven’t mastered this concept, but I certainly have gotten better since that catastrophe. Teamwork is like that, you all have to work together to produce the proper result, but you can’t replace cooperation with individual mastery through practice.
This weekend we did not have much planned. The only thing I had is a seven hour dance tryout for the Falconettes. At the dance tryout all we had to do is learn a dance and do jumps or leaps, the splits, and stretch a lot. I had to do this to see what team I got on for next year if I do it again. After my seven hour dance tryouts we had a campfire so I could sit under the stars and listen to the campfire crackle. When I was sitting at the fire I decided I definitely wanted a S’more. So I roasted a marshmallow over the fire until it was golden brown. The marshmallow I roasted what the size of like three normal marshmallows but we decided it was more fun to say it was the size of a baseball. The marshmallow was so gooey it was like glue all over
As a child I've always loved ballet from afar; there was just a grace about ballerinas that I too wanted to have. It took me a while to understand that dancing makes me feel amazing. Dancing would prove to be my pinnacle form of expression and the ultimate way to embrace freedom with all of me. Thus, taking this ballet class seemed like the smartest way to pleasantly incorporate dance into my busy economics ruled schedule. I thought I would be nervous on the first day, but I would find myself excited and eager.
Dance has significantly influenced me both personally and professionally. I found dance early on in my life. My childhood experiences led me to the arts, mental health and wellness, and into the field of dance/movement therapy. I have worked in a variety of different settings, with a number of different populations, and with people of all ages. Through my career as a board certified dance therapist and licensed professional counselor, I have always been guided by my beloved relationship with dance. From community mental health agencies, youth development and expressive art programs, non-profit organizations, medical hospitals, educational settings, dance studios, and private practice, I create individual interactions and designs programs with
Careers in the performing arts are not sought as being monetarily lucrative, but I choose to believe that is the opportunity cost for having a career that creates so much to affect today’s society. I aspire to have a career in dance because I get to have a balance of strength and grace, the two components I deem necessary for navigating daily life.
To be successful in a dance career is a hard thing to accomplish. A person looking to have a career in dance must have experience in dance for many years and be able to take the heat of the competition. A dancer must be able to hold their own and be able to take opportunities when the time is right, not too soon, and certainly not too late (Brady). In the dancing ‘world’ a person must also be able to handle the word “no” in any field of dance that he or she decides to go into; a dancer will be told this word often. Learning of the different occupations that there are inside of dance helps someone looking for a career in dance achieve one even if they do not have the needed skills to become a dancer. Although there are a lot of hardships that