Orgeon • USA
The things I have had to overcome to continue dance now look like blessings in disguise. When I entered junior high, my studio closed down and a new one with some of the same students and teachers opened. Suddenly, I went from an overlooked, lower level student to one of the older students and instantly was apart of the dance team. As the youngest of the new group, despite having the same if not more experience as the other girls, I was not on the same level. I had not been a priority before and did not have the attention from teachers as other students. I was placed with the task of working hard to become even close to the level a couple of the other girls were at. And I did. Over the next four years, I pushed myself to be better than I was. I never became the star student, or the priority, or even special at the studio I began at in junior high. I was part of the dance team and competed despite never being the star. My junior year of high school, I had to switch schools and my schedule drastically changed, automatically limiting the number of classes I could be in at my studio. Both my junior year and this year as a senior, I have only been able to take a few classes, but I have refused to quit. Every moment in a class or performing has just soaked in even more. If anything, it's given me a deeper love and appreciation for the importance of dance. I can't breathe without it. I'm still not the star, or anyone particularly special. On a stage, I don't usually stand out or have a solo moment. But on stage, I'm one of the best versions of me because of the obstacles I overcame to continue dancing.