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Check out this excerpt from our March/April issue!

We asked… 2017 has already made an impact on me as a person and performer because….(share anything with us that has happened either in dance or outside of dance).

Check out this excerpt from our March/April issue!

We asked… 2017 has already made an impact on me as a person and performer because….(share anything with us that has happened either in dance or outside of dance).

JADA 

2017 has already made an impact on me as a person and performer because of my experience modeling for Urban Dancewear in Los Angeles. This opportunity continues to influence my life today, as I have made friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. The professionals and other models I met on the trip have changed my life, and I know will continue to do so in years to come. I also learned what it’s like to be in a professional environment. I know even more now when it’s appropriate to be serious and when I can let loose a little!  The trip also helped me to realize I am right where I want to be in my life with dance. I am so grateful for any opportunity I am given to learn and grow as a person and performer. 2017 is off to a wonderful start, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

MARI

2017 has already made an impact on me as a dancer and a person. I just recently won the title of MISS SHOWBIZ at Showbiz Talent Competition and that was really exciting and encouraging going into the competition season! Winning this award was an absolute honor! As a dancer, I always give 110% to be my personal best every time I step on the stage!

RYAN

Even though 2017 has just begun, it has already had a profound effect on me and my family. In January, we lost my grandfather. None of us were prepared for how we would feel, and we are still trying to adjust. He was an amazing man and a true blessing to all of us and everyone who knew him. Everything feels different now and finding a new normal is hard. It has definitely affected the depth of emotion in my dance performance.

PAYTON

2017 has already made an impact on me as a performer and dancer as I audition for college dance programs. I’m hoping to find the school that fits me best – allowing me to grow as an artist and find my place in the dance world. The process has been both exhilarating and stressful!! I’ve jumped around from the  East Coast to the West Coast and back again, made it to the end of the audition for my “dream school,” reconnected with friends, found new teachers and dancers to admire, and learned a lot about me as a person. Everyone tells me I’ll end up where I’m meant to be, and I’m counting on that. Until then, I’ll trust in my training that got me to this point – and I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

KAELI

2017 has already made an impact on me as a performer because I’ve enjoyed all of my summer intensive auditions and after looking at my options, I have decided to go to ABT New York! ABT was my first summer intensive, when I did their young dancers [program] at age 8. I’ve struggled for a few years, trying to decide if I wanted to go the classical ballet route and thinking that it wasn’t what I really wanted to do. But I’ve decided that is where my true passion is even though I wasn’t sure for a while. I feel like everything has come full circle and now that I’m in my last couple of years of school, I’m excited to go back to where it all began and I look forward to focusing even more on my classical training and hope for a career with a major company!

ISABELLA 

2017 has already made an impact on me as a dancer and performer because I am grateful to be performing in Winter Ball at New York City Ballet. It’s an amazing experience working with the choreographer Alec Knight because he is a NYCB company member. This piece is improving me as a dancer in different aspects of ballet bringing me to a different level of training and performing, which is such a great opportunity. Starting 2017 off thankful and blessed!

BROOKE

2017 has already started out busy, like always, however it has been a little challenging this year as I have been dealing with some health issues. Since last summer, my heart rate has been inconsistent and has,unfortunately, affected my ability to dance. This experience has been a struggle for me, as I have not been able to dance my usual amount of hours. While it has been a struggle, it has taught me not to take all the amazing things in my life for granted. Additionally, it has helped me grow as a performer because it has allowed me to be more in touch with my emotions. I hope you all have a healthy and amazing March!

MACKENZIE

This year has already made a huge impact on me as a person and a performer. I have been blessed with many new dance opportunities and I couldn’t feel more grateful. The biggest impact on me this year is the opportunity to assist Chebar Williams with Nuvo Dance Conventions. Having the chance to be around so many incredible and different mentors has had an amazing impact on me as a person. It has caused me to really appreciate who I am as a dancer and helped me not to compare myself to others. As a performer, this opportunity has caused me to grow immensely physically and emotionally. Being able to travel and see so many different places and people has changed the way I dance and caused my creativity to grow and develop into a more mature artist. The things I have experienced and the people I have gotten the chance to work with have really proved to me that hard work and determination does pay off.

JULIE

2017 has already made an impact on me as a person and performer because I have grown even more grateful for my ability to dance. Having recently undergone multiple injuries, I am reminded just how fortunate we dancers are for every single day we have the opportunity to dance. Don’t EVER take it for granted!

 

ERIC

 

Look for more on Eric in an upcoming issue of Inside Dance!

 

CHRISTINA

 Look for more on Christina in an upcoming issue of Inside Dance. 

PHOTO CREDITS: Nuvo Dance Convention, Hollywood Vibe, Chris Reilly, Jason Lavengood, Arleen Piper, KAR Productions

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Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com