Why I Love To Dance Essay

People who know me know that I am not an image of physical strength or of traditional background. People who know me would call me talented, artsy and graceful. Now I know what you're thinking...graceful? For the past nine years I have been passionate about dancing and performing on stage. I accurately exemplify the philosophical guideline of Artes. In my nine years of training, I have studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern as well as some basic ballroom styles and am continuously growing in those styles. . Dancing has influenced me greatly in ways such as gaining strong leadership skills, learning the meaning of dedicated and disciplined, as well as figuring out how to believe in myself.

A dance company is one big team or family. Some of our dances have fifty or more people in them which take a lot of strenuous work to get the choreography correct along with the formations perfect. A leader must rise out of the group to make sure steps are hit properly and timing is on. The leader must also assure the group to be confident and reassure them if they mess up. I am the one that takes that responsibility. This leadership skill has allowed me to take charge or group projects in school and strive for a good grade. Over the years I have learned the fine line between leading and dictating. I believe that to be a good leader one has to listen to others and intake their information and skills. Nothing gets accomplished if the leader just assigns tasks to the members with out consulting what their strengths and weaknesses are.

Many people do not realize the physical strength and stamina dancing takes to make it look effortless and graceful. A lot of dedication goes into improving technique and growing in new and upcoming styles. I am at the studio six days a week for a total of about fifteen hours a week. This dedication is exemplified in my everyday life because I have learned that hard work really does pay off so I have been known as a person who never quits and follows through what I am doing. Even when times get hard and I have a million things to do at once, I manage my time efficiently to get everything done on time. Dance isn't just a high-paced activity, but an emotional one too. One of the biggest characteristics of a dancer is discipline. In class, we are to act professional and mature because we are there to learn although on occasion we do have some fun because we are one big family. When I'm not in the studio my principles at dance still apply. I am very respectful to people and show common courtesy.

Just imagine the anticipation that overwhelms a dancer right before they step on stage to perform solely on their own. Confidence is a huge part of dance because a dancer can't perform their best if they are self-conscience about what others think or if they believe they will mess up. What I have learned over the years is to just dance because it is what I love to do. People can think whatever they want about me because I dance for myself. I believe confidence is a key asset to have in the real world because one must have the skills to give a report, make conversation and they must be secure with themselves so they know its okay to fail. Failing is a big part of life that helps growth occur.

"I Love Dance" Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Winners of our
"I Love Dance" Essay Contest

Students submitted essays during the month of February about why they love to dance, how dance and BAC has influenced their lives, and how dance makes them feel.  Winners were chosen by a panel of BAC faculty and staff. 

Upper School Winners:

First Prize:
A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Michelle Zhang - Age 14
Second Prize: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Angelica Maloney - Age 12
Lower School Winners:
First Prize:
A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Madeleine Blandy - Age 9
Second Prize: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Lily Swilling - Age 6
Congratulations to our Winners!
Thank you to all who participated!  Everyone did such a great job that we had a hard time picking the winners.  We loved reading about all the reasons you love to dance!  Here are some of our other favorite excerpts:

" . . . Dance has always been my passion.  Maybe it's the control of the dancer's body to execute each move flawlessly that intrigues me?  Or it could be the smile on the dancer's face that says they're loving what they are doing?  Either way I absolutely love dancing.  It brings such joy and happiness to so many people, both the person dancing and the people watching . . ." - Sydney, Age 12
" . . . BAC has influenced my life in a ton of different ways.  It has just made my life more exciting.  All of the teachers are so nice to us.  I have been coming here since I was three years old and I've enjoyed every moment of it.  I don't think I've ever had a bad day at BAC! . . . " - Brenna, Age 11
" . . . I love Jazz the best.  Jazz is very upbeat and fun.  You are straight and sassy and always moving around.  My second favorite is Ballet.  Ballet is as graceful as a swan. It is delicate and soft. Ballet is very mellow and pretty.  It is like a floating leaf dancing in the wind . . . " - Leila, Age 9
" . . Dancing is one of my biggest passions.  When I dance, it's like everything clears from my mind and I'm in a totally different world, especially with modern.  A lot of people think dance is really easy.  But I bet if you took one of my friends that do lots of sports into a modern or ballet class, they would have a very difficult time.  Being a dancer, you have to reach deep inside and find a very different person in yourself, and express that person.  That's a very hard thing to do and to discover about yourself . . . " - Taylor, Age 12
" . . . I love to do gallops.  Dance makes me feel happy and excited! . . " - Lucy, Age 3
" . . . I love dance for many reasons.  One reason is that it makes me twinkle and happy inside.  I love learning a new step because it's fun and hard, and that's what I like about dance . . . " - Emily, Age 8
 " . . . BAC has made my life more full and meaningful.  BAC has helped me to become a better dancer so that I can express myself better through movement.  BAC has influenced my life by helping me grow as a dancer and as a young woman.  Dance catches my heart and sets it twirling . . . " - Natalie, Age 14
" . . . Sometimes, after a class, your muscles feel sore.  I love that feeling! It tells you you've accomplished something, it tells you you've worked hard . . . " - Sophie, Age 11
" . . . It was one day in the Spring of 2012 when it hit me.  It was like a little bug or something bit me;   I was addicted.  Dance makes me feel a certain way I can't explain.  Like I'm on the top of the world, flying.  I can express all of my emotions through movement, and that alone is incredible.  Whenever I feel stressed, sad, or just angry, I listen to my favorite song and just, dance . . . " - Beaujena, Age 13
" . . . BAC is beautiful, lovely, awesome, active, nice, great, cool, creative, and loving!  The Ballet Arts Centre rocks! . . . "                - Chloe, Age 6
" . . . I love to dance and it is my passion to one day become a principle dancer, and it starts at BAC.  My life revolves around dance.  It feels like I do dance every day, and I like it.  The reason why I wanted to do dance is because I wanted to try something and go out of the box, and I think I made the right choice . . . " - Tea, Age 11
" . . . At BAC, every week I learn something new.  And when I hear the music come on I feel like a star rising.  From what BAC taught me, I feel like an awesome dancer, and the teachers are so nice - when I come in they always have a smile on their faces . . . " - Fiona, Age 8
" . . . Dancing makes me feel happy.  Every once in a while I like to do a little twirl.  When you dance, you express your feelings out lively.  Dancing can tell stories.  Just using your body can tell a story without using any words.  That's why dancing is still blooming in the world, continuing to share stories all over the globe . . . " - Sydney, Age 10
" . . . Dance is a symphony that is heard from movement and not sound
Dance simply slowly lifts you off the ground into another world
There are too many types to explain
But surely I will keep coming each year again and again
The voice of each step is unique and special to each and every dancer who has ever laid foot in a studio at BAC . . . "
- Eva, Age 9

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