Essay Graduation Speech : My Passion For Dance

Essay Graduation Speech : My Passion For Dance

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I am really looking forward to this semester. Having taken almost a year off from ballet class, I find myself feeling refreshed and eager to jump right in and go back to the roots in which started my passion for dance. When I learned that the focus for this semester was fitness, I was thrilled. Fitness, already, is such a crucial part of my life and I am looking forward to expanding my repertoire of exercises and seeing how that translates to my dancing.
Before entering Muhlenberg, when I was in 9th grade, I had this epiphany when it came to exercising. Prior to this realization, I thought that the only form of exercise I needed was dance. One of my friends back then changed my perspective. She was not only in the same number of dance classes as me but she also did track and field. I remember talking to her about her training for track and field and she said that every day she would run 10 miles. This had me thinking about myself and I realized that I should be participating in exercises outside of my dancing too. Frist, I tried going for runs outside or on the treadmill. However, I loathed running and found it to be boring. One aspect I took away from the readings is how each of the individual dancers had their own approach to exercising. They each developed a program that fit their own needs, such as Sarah Means working to strengthen her back due to an injury (Stuart). I knew that if I was to continue working out I needed to find another method. I love ballet and dance because of the variety of movements and the class is engaging. I used that idea and turned to workout videos. Now, because of the initiative I made in 9th grade, every day I do 30 min workout videos by the well-known, fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels. Her workou...


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...ess, but I am determined to focus on my épaulement until this becomes natural for me to do. This past week when doing the adagio exercise in the center, Karen emphasized the importance of remembering the unit from last semester and using épaulement. Again, I notice when I force myself to think about it, I am able to execute my head positions for effectively.
As I continue throughout the rest of the semester, I hope that I will be able to simultaneously process technique corrections while not ignoring the artistry component. I feel that working on improving overall fitness will help with the technique side of dance which will allow more room and growth for me to expand upon myself as a dancer. I am ready to work and look forward to the journey, the process of improving upon not only the technique, fitness side of dance but also the expressive artistry side as well.

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