Jordan Harris is an 11th grade student at Stephens Dance Studios, where she has been studying dance for over 12 years. “I'm pretty sure my mom just signed me up when I was little, but I have been dancing ever since,” she recalled. She began learning ballet and tap around the age of four, and has since learned other styles as well. “I like tap because it is really energetic and upbeat,” she describes. “I like ballet because it is formal and classic.” In her time at Stephens Dance Studios, she has also studied jazz and hip-hop, and she now dances on pointe in ballet.
After a time, I started losing interest in dance, it would always interfere with my after school activities, and the dances started to get harder as well. My mom, who loves the arts, convinced me to continue with dance as it will help you in the long run. Now, looking back I am glad that I listened. Ten years pass and I my teacher tells me that I am ready to graduate from Indian Classical Dance. She tells me that it is going to be a huge commitment.
Once she was settled in at her new house she began her dance lesson at Vera Lynn School of Dance. After high school, she enrolled at Pomona College where she trained as a dancer with Wilson Morelli and John Butler. Twyla then moved colleges and went to Barnard College in Manhattan. When Twyla was attending Barnard College, a year before she graduated she married a classmate Peter Young. That marriage did not last that long because it ended in a divorce.
I remember how much I loved to dance. My mother repeatedly throughout the years told me the story of how I used to dance in front of a mirror singing into a microphone, which was actually a hair brush. Moreover, this thought years later brings me to a time at school.
The school has the best gymnast team in the world. They won the olympic games more than 7 times in a row. Ariana’s dream was UCLA and then the olympics. That was realistic, because UCLA had such a good reputation that the school would always have 2-3 gymnasts from the amazing college that qualified to participate and perform at the olympics. A couple of days later Ariana and her mother were in the
Furthermore, around the time of me finding out my parents were divorcing, I was informed the amazing news of me becoming captain of the Selma High School Cheerleading Squad. Of course I was ecstatic, I attained one of my many achievements in life. In my perspective I was the greatest captain I could have ever been, I produced cheers, dances, and etc., did them on time, and also I created a bond between a group of girls that could never be destroyed. Unfortunately, dealing with responsibilities as captain and also going through things at home was a bit overwhelming. I came to practices and performances with
The daughter Pearl was only allowed “(…) to dance because [her parents] had no place else to put her (…)” while they were working at a factory. She was at first placed home alone but later brought to the factory with her parents while they were working. But a ballet school unexpectedly “(…) plucked Pearl out to be one of their scholarship students” with whom she could be with instead of being dragged to the factory every day. The ballet changed quite a few things both in Pearl’s but also in the family’s life. “(…) she became suddenly popular” and because she received praises from other mothers she had to “(…) translate their words” so her own mother would be able to understand it.
So I had to go to Istanbul. Because I couldn 't go to Istanbul every weekend, I reached out to my previous ballet teacher to find someone in Izmir. She told me a course which is also not giving a royal academy program, however, because their ballet teachers finish the royal academy program so they might help me. I quickly contacted by them. Luckily I agreed with them so we immediately began to practice.In my case, I had only seven months for memorizing also practicing whole graduation program before the exam.
It is even much easier to find jobs. When I was in about 8th grade, I first picked up a snowboard. Yes, I had tried out skiing before, but I really didn’t have a good experience, so I dropped that like a bad habit… Snowboarding was different for me. I had so much more fun and I was better at it! I first started by going to ski school with a good number of my friends I attended junior high school with.
Starting with Ballet for about a year, I slowly transitioned to Jazz. Those two styles are where I learned my balance and body control. It is something that you would always need to depend on when doing any other type of dance styles. That’s why when I challenged myself to Tap Dance it went much smoother learning the foreign movement. I am glad that I was taught the basics of how to use one’s body in my first few years.