What if i forget the dance? What if i mess up? When do i walk on stage? Somehow i made though recital week without making a single error. It was a big experience for me in my life because of all the responsibility i was given i had to make sure i was ready and dressed wearing the write thing for each of the 5 dances i did.
There, we complete drill after drill after drill to perfect technique. We practice all of our dances multiple times, and at the end, we drill all of our jumps, spins, and turns. Classes last hours, all with little time to rest in between dances. This is to build stamina. Dancers are required to keep the appearance of energy up on stage, so that they can complete the dance well without seeming tired.
“Two sets of 3 plie`s and 4 tondus,” “Five six seven eight,” can be heard from my dance teacher on a typical Monday night in advanced ballet. I’m out of breath, nauseous and sweating up a storm, but continue to run for my water to pour the icy cold liquid down my scratchy throat after an intense ballet-conditioning class. The clock ticks and before I know it four hours of dance passes by. If I’m not at school, I can most likely be found at my dance studio, Spotlight Dance Academy. Some people assume that I have been dancing here my whole life because of my connection to the girls and my improvement over the years, but truthfully I started dancing at Spotlight when I was in fifth grade.
As I started my training I was still able to dance with my friends, and we would joke and mess around throughout the class. Later on, I had individual classes where I would dance for 2 hours straight and I was not able to hang out with my friends because I was in class. At first, I was not happy about it because I felt like I was missing out but I later realized that I truly love dance when I was able to practice for 4 hours every day only complaining that my legs were killing me and not
She was born in Fremont, California on Aug 16, 1999. One example of Karen Chen’s skating excellence is that even by the seventh grade, she was being homeschooled, in order for her to dedicate more of her time to figure skating. When she went to public school, Karen would have to wake up at four in the morning, go to the skating rink, rush back and then travel to school in a few hours. In an interview, Chen was recorded as saying that her biggest competition was herself. In addition, Karen Chen’s dedication to her favorite sport is that she spends at least four hours every day to become a better skater.
We started getting ready for these tests in the beginning of the year, so we had time to learn our routines, but the dances we needed to learn can also be found on YouTube. As an overachiever, I would always work outside my ballet classes with the videos, so by February, I would already be prepared for my examination that wouldn’t happen until December. Being an overachiever is a positive quality of being the oldest child because it helps us avoid procrastination, but at the same time, all this dedication can be very
Up until recently, I was a gymnast, speak of commitment. We spent 16 hours a week in the gym training. As soon as school was over we were all straight to the gym. It took a huge amount of time and conflicted with lots of social events and sometimes even school work. The difference between cheer and gymnastics though, is the team aspect.
The recorder was very fun to play and I learned it very quick. We had weekly tests for certain pieces of music. On Monday, I got a new piece of music to practice in class and to practice at home. When Friday came, I was ready to pass it off. During that school year, I played Around fifteen pieces of music.
I also helped with choreographing the dances, which consisted of many genres from ballet to hip-hop. Most importantly, I aided campers with anything they needed such as, taking them to the nurse, providing support if they were having a bad day, and anything else they needed. My favorite part of being a counselor was getting to know the campers and being the best counselor to them. I have attended the JCC since I was in Kindergarten, I always wanted to be in Habimah and when I got the chance, I never wanted to leave. Unfortunately, there comes a point when you have to graduate and move on.
With practices ranging from four to five hours a day, each member puts all of their energy into their choreography. “Usually two to three hours before we compete, we have a quick rehearsal to have everything fresh in our mind. The team then splits into half, so one half can spin saber while the others practice flags. We spend about an hour and a half then move on to swing flag,” stated sophomore Jessy He when asked about how they prep for competition.
After all the stations, it was time for the seventh graders to change back into their school clothes and leave gym class. The teacher showed the kids seven different ways on how to grow your muscles. At the end of the day, the seventh graders learned about the different exercises that anyone can use to maintain or grow their
Time flew by, filled with festivals, one of which I had a solo and won a first place certificate, early mornings, and playing instruments everyday, in class, and practicing at home. At the end of the year came the arts awards ceremony. Dance was there, band, and orchestra. There is the award for best player, of your group, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
Copeland has overcome many struggles, a huge one being her body. In the dance world, the slim and boyish physique is highly sought after, and when she stopped fitting that image, Misty fell victim to an eating disorder. However, she didn’t let that stop her. With the help of those around her, she overcame it, and learned to accept her
I performed in every show I could, painted, did run-crew, made props, helped with costumes, ushered, watched as many shows as possible, and became intensely involved in my school’s Thespian Society, ultimately serving as Thespian Co-President. I took advantage of every opportunity, involving myself in around twenty-five shows between my freshman and senior years. I relished every minute of it. I lived in my school’s auditorium, but I would not trade those experiences for the world. Being involved in numerous shows, often simultaneously, my passion grew still further.