Untapped Dancer Story: The Underdog

Stephanie Carter

Eureka • California

It’s not about how many turns you can do; it’s about letting your soul breathe.

I am an underdog. I will never be cast as the snow queen or tour with a professional company. But if I can inspire just one student to find the pure joy and freedom that dance can bring, then I will succeed. Freedom to feel and find who we truly are should be a basic human right; only dance can truly give that to us-- we don't create the art we are trying to express...we ourselves BECOME the art. I dance for me, for only then do my body and soul understand each other. I'm not trying to impress anyone or have the best technique in class. I'm here because I have a story to tell and through dance, I can tell that story in its most raw form. Every movement should tell your story. It's not about how many turns you can do; it's about letting your soul breathe.