This I Believe

McCall - Traverse City, Michigan
Entered on May 22, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: creativity

Beauty Beyond Words

I believe in the power of dance.

For the last fifteen years, I have dedicated my whole heart to the art of dance. Being involved in my school’s dance team and studio’s dance company has influenced how I approach the world. I have acquired an appreciation and respect for the fine arts as well as an understanding of the commitment, dedication and hard work that goes hand in hand with success. I have found the value in discipline and obtained a hard working attitude as a result of many years working to improve my art, not to mention an intense passion and appreciation for all the dedicated individuals that live for them as well.

Dancing has enriched my life in many beautiful ways. It has taught me to express myself, given me confidence and allowed me to believe in not only myself, but my dreams and my potential. Witnessing my family give up or go without so that I could pursue my love of dance, instilled in me an appreciation for sacrifice. I have learned the importance of never giving up, pushing myself to be the best that I can be and learning that greatness, whether as a dancer or as just a person, comes from within. Clearly the art of dance has gifted me in more ways than I could ever repay or ever trump. Instead, I use what I have been given through dance: the ability to perform, to express myself and draw people into a beautiful and unique world of movement. Dancing has enabled me to give back to my community, through the aspects of performing and entertaining.

Dancing brings me such an exuberant amount of joy; it makes me feel powerful, brilliant, beautiful, talented and inspired, and that shows when I perform. Through performing I am able to show all the joy and happiness that dancing has brought me over the years. In exuding that passion on stage, I feel I am able to bring other people in my community to experience those same amazing sensations for at least a moment in time. I love having the ability as a dancer to enable them to momentarily forget about the problems and complications in their lives and focus on the beauty and power that only dancing can give. When I perform, my whole body, from my mind to my spirit, is moving as a reflection of the love I have for dance. I feel that through performing I exude the joy and love that dance has given me, and I am able to give back to my community a piece of myself, my dreams and even my soul.

I believe in the power of dance.