“WHAT DANCE MEANS TO ME” Before the age of 11 dance was a foreign concept to me. I had tried getting into different hobbies and sports, however, I never felt like myself and would end up quitting. I discovered dance through a friend, thinking at that time that it would be a fun new activity to try out. When I found dance I did not know one step or any terminology. I watched the advanced dancers in class and was drawn in by the beauty and complexity of movement. After taking several privates and classes, I soon began to realize that dance was an art form that I wanted to continue training in and pursue in the future. Dance was something that I truly began to love, however, there were some discouraging social stigmas. Being a male dancer, I did experience some prejudices due to the fact that dance was seen to be “for girls”. For a while I was embarrassed, but dance made me feel so welcomed and comfortable that I overcame those thoughts. There was this sensation of pure joy that came with dance, unlike any other activity that I tried. What I like about dance is the demand and challenges that are needed. Dance has helped me find pleasure in pushing my limits. It has helped me grow as a human being by teaching me patience, discipline, vulnerability, individuality, and how to work with others. I am in love with the process and growing experience that will always continue throughout my dance journey.
“WHAT EXTENSIONS MEANS TO ME” Extensions is the first studio that I started training at. I did not know anything about dance or the community at extensions. I instantly felt welcomed by Lauren, Lizzie, and all of the members of Extensions. It is a great feeling when you feel the love and positive energy that radiates throughout the building. Extensions is a safe space that is always encouraging and allows dancers to grow and learn from each other. I always feel like I am allowed to be myself and show my true creativity without being judged. This has helped me come out of my shell and develop as a person. I am thankful for the equal opportunities that extensions offers to all dancers in order to make sure that we are all set up for success, as well as the wonderful family/bonds that have been created. I have spent 6 years at extensions with a heart full of gratitude to have such a wonderful place I can also call home.
“WHAT I ASPIRE TO DO AFTER I GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL” After high school I would like to attend a 4 year college that offers a BFA in dance. After college I want to audition for different companies around the country/world, meanwhile teaching at different studios. My dream is to dance while travelling Europe. My ultimate goal is to be able to open up my own studio in order to pass on the information and valuable lessons which I continue to gain and discover.