"I Love Dance" Essay Contest
"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
Angelica Maloney - Age 12
First Prize: A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Madeleine Blandy - Age 9
Lily Swilling - Age 6
" . . . 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
My First Dance Performance
- Length: 450 words (1.3 double-spaced pages)
- Rating: Excellent
Dancing has been a passion with me for a long time. My mother tells me how any melody had me dancing when I was a toddler. On growing up I tried learning some serious dancing and after trying both Bharat Natyam and Kathak, I decided to pursue Kathak seriously.
So, I have been learning Kathak for more than a year now. My Guruji teaches me twice a week about the steps, taals and abhinaya of Kathak.
My passion for Kathak has grown since I started learning it. After my sessions I spend time rehearsing the steps and mudras and also love to watch performances on stage ant TV. I have been longing for an opportunity to perform onstage before a live audience.
I did not have to wait long for an opportunity to dance on stage because the teachers decided to put up a Kathak group dance for the Class Five’s form evening.
Preparing for the final evening was as much fun as the event itself. We were a group of eighteen girls. Some, like I, had some background in Kathak while others were dancing in this style for the first time. The teachers worked hard with us over a period of twenty days. They encouraged the team and were patient with us as we fumbled with the steps. It was hard work as the steps of the dance were changed few times till we got the steps all the eighteen girls were comfortable with. We did not grudge the effort and looked forward to performing before the parents.
While the steps of dancers and the co-ordination amongst the team was being repeatedly rehearsed, the teachers decided upon the dresses, jewellery and makeup of the dancers. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the preparation to the big event.
Finally, the day of the form evening arrived. The parents in the audience were in for an impressive display. Ours was the third item. The girls trooped in eager to give their best and to make the class look good. We all danced to the music, perfect and well co-ordinated in our steps. I was right in the centre and was one of the two dancers in the front.
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It was a wonderful feeling. My dream of performing live had come true. It was thrilling. A never to be forgotten feeling.
We exited the stage, gracefully, as the music faded away. The parents broke into loud applause. Back stage we were ecstatic. Our hardwork had been rewarded. At the end we went back to take our bow and end the evening with the national anthem.
This was a memorable evening for me and I look forward to many more in the future.