Season 2016-17 Ends!

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From The Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Night of Variations Showcase, an in-state dance festival/performance, Beauty and The Beast, to ‘The College Project’, it has been a very busy season!!! I am so thankful to have been blessed with this wonderful opportunity to dance with such amazing people, and I am so thankful for all of my wonderful followers who have supported me throughout this year. I also want to thank my mom and dad SO MUCH for making this possible for me.. I don’t know where I would be without them.💗

Thank you ALL! The season 2016-17 has officially closed, but the work of a dancer is never complete; summer intensives are right around the corner…

My Past

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I have changed over these past 4 years… In fact, I have changed so much that I am not even CLOSE the same person that I use to be. When I was in elementary school, I was so concerned about being like everyone else. I was trying to fit in any way that I could to make up for the fact that I was so different. I felt like people didn’t really understand how important dance was to me, and they didn’t truly understand what I was working so hard to do. The truth is that I wanted people at school to like me and support me and my goals. I thought that being popular might help me fit in…

Once I had become “popular”, I unintentionally started changing the way that I was acting, and I began to loose sight of the real me. To be honest, I felt like I was under high expectations to maintain my reputation, so I started to treat people badly for a sense of power. I felt trapped, and I wasn’t sure how to escape the mess that I had created.

Shortly after that school year ended, I found out that I was accepted as a pre- professional in the daytime ballet academy at my studio. I started homeschooling to attend, but homeschooling has helped me MUCH more than just in dance. I have found my TRUE SELF again. From that experience, I have learned to never allow other people to change who I am.

I am stubborn, always laughing, creative, messy, smart, crazy, determined, artistic, kind, and unique. I am proud of who I am, and I will always be ME.

“The College Project”

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The leaves blew across the illuminated stage, making our skirts flow in the soft breeze. I glanced at the glowing red recorder in the “audience” that was filming our every move. A flat 10 minutes of dancing flew by, drifting off with the leaves. All that was left on the stage were sweet sounds of nature, and a peaceful pair of pointe shoes left in the spotlight.
We came. We danced. We performed. The College Project has been completed.

Weekend Celebration!

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I am headed out of town this weekend to spend some quality time with my family. Wishing all of those lovely mothers out there a WONDERFUL MOTHERS DAY and my fantastic dad a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🙂

~It’s a weekend of double celebration. I am so thankful to spend it with the ones I love.

Quote It! #2

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HAPPY MONDAY! 🙂

“Positive Mind. Positive Vibes. Positive Life.”

I LOVE this quote! I want to fill my life with so much positivity that I walk around seeing the best in everything and the best of every situation as well. I think a positive outlook on life all starts with our minds, our minds control everything about us and therefore starting to make our mind more positive will help influence other parts of our life.

Shared from https://beafreee.com/2017/05/05/quotes-to-live-by-023-2/

*Photo taken by me

Night of Variations & Beauty and The Beast…

The applause rained halfway through my variation on Friday night… By the time I finished, I had the biggest smile plastered on my face; I significantly surprised myself. The variation that I chose was a huge challenge, and it was a great accomplishment to prove to myself that I CAN DO IT! People who have seen me dance know that I am not known for my flexibility (one of my biggest challenges), I am known for my fast footwork, cleanliness, and technique. It was definitely one of the fastest variations that I have ever attempted, but I am so proud to have done it! In the end, it was so encouraging to have been told that I was a “fireball” and “firecracker” by multiple peers. All in all, it was an beautiful performance, and I really enjoyed watching my friends dance so gracefully.

The Beauty and the Beast performances also went well! All of us felt very proud, and it was so rewarding to have performed dances that we finished only two days before the show! This weekend truly proved to us ALL that we are capable of so much more than we think! Thank you all so much for all of the support and encouragement. You are the best! 🙂

Once More…

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Recently, I have submitted a poem to the National Student Poetry Contest.  The chances of me winning are extremely low, but I decided to participate for my joy of writing. I will be sharing my poem with everyone soon, along with a post about my past that I finally have the strength to tell. This will all be up shortly after this weekend…

This Friday, I will be performing the Night of Variations Showcase. Then, I will be dancing in the Beauty and the Beast production this weekend. We are returning to the theater, once more. 🙂

*Photo by Sophia D.