Two summers ago, I had suffered a back and knee injury that were major setbacks to my progress. I was under the pressure of preparing for the lead role in my skating rink’s adaptation of the Nutcracker and my Novice skating tests. During my sessions, I focused on my weaknesses and spent several hours a day practicing my jumps. However, training multiple hours a day and repeating that process
One day while they are practicing, Belle twists her ankle. This is bad for them because Belle is the better dancer when it comes to endurance. Bella practices harder than ever because she has dance in the third round instead of Belle. All the dancers are called into a room. They are instructed to dance until they feel like they are about to fall.
“I went from ‘I hate how I see myself in the mirror, I am constantly analyzing myself, talking down myself, like about negative thoughts,’ to… at the end of that time, I was like, ‘Okay, I just wanna dance to music and feel like I’m moving… you know?’ and by that time I also kinda sorted out my weight issues. Not on purpose. It just kinda happened with becoming happier.” (Larissa) I met with the wonderful ballet dancer, Larissa Marie Kogut, on a sun-drenched Tuesday afternoon, minutes after her rehearsal with Diablo Ballet had ended. She greeted me with an enthusiastic smile, much like the one I had seen at my ballet studio’s production of The Nutcracker, where she had been a guest performer, acting as the Sugarplum Fairy. Thrilled to be interviewing my idol, I could barely expel the words from my mouth, which got twisted up with each other as
for the first two years I always complained “It's so boring” and stuff like “don't force me to go again” but I got my stubbornness from my parents, so I kept going. It took a long time for me to stop complaining and realize that nothing is really “girly”. It wasn't until my fourth year that i realized it was something i really enjoyed. the dance shoppe has weekly hour long classes, usually just practicing, learning new steps, and combos and stuff. Then once it hits christmas break, we start to learn our dance.
“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.
Panting, I walked off the floor. Almost immediately, I receive a hug from my coach. I have just completed my last of four events at the 2014 State finals for gymnastics. In order to proceed onto regionals, I needed a certain score. As I turned around to view the scoreboard, tears welled up in my eyes.
There were people from all over the United States, and as we ate our first lunch together we shared stories and realized that despite growing up in different cities, and from different dance studios we all shared a common dream and love of the Rockettes. Over the next six days we rehearsed for seven hours a day learning three dances that were choreographed for the Rockettes. The choreography was hard, but with many long hours and the help of my new friends, we were successfully completing a tap, a jazz, and the all famous wooden soldier routine. At the end of the week we were all prepared for a wonderful showcase. We all stepped onto the blinding stage and completed the routines flawlessly, always remembering to point our toes, lift our heads, and extend our arms.
Silverstein came to love writing children’s literature because he as still able to express himself in his work, just in a more simplistic way than normal. The motivation given to him through his peers and his readers is what really made him breakthrough as a children’s
I whispered, “I will be there someday.” Olympians master ten skill levels which take many years to complete. At the age of six, the Sunburst Gymnastics Center invited me to join their level four competitive team. My first year, Coach Denise quickly advanced me through levels four and five. Each level involves learning new intricate skills with practice five times a week. She said, “Catherine, you are a fearless bundle of energy.”