Gina Ingrando

Massachusetts • USA

Story

A couple of years ago I was bullied really bad and when I went to dance my dance teacher and my team mates at dance who are also my best friends helped me through it and made me feel like I belonged. When I dance I mess up just like every other person and my teacher would encourage me to keep going and not to give up and not let the mistakes faze me into thinking I wasn't good enough to be on the team. I am currently 13 years old and on the Junior Competition team at my dance studio with some of the best people I have ever met.

I love that I can express myself in any style of dance. When I dance jazz I can be all sassy and make all these facials and be sharp. When I dance ballet or lyrical I can move to the music and relax and stay calm. When I dance tap I can make a lot of noise and listen to all of the sounds that I never knew I could make. When I dance musical theater I can act out as different people I can be rich, I can be poor or I can even be an animal!

Don't give up. If you mess up just try again and again until you feel that you are doing it just how you want to. Don't take the corrections to heart your teacher is there to help you and in courage you to do better and work to your full ability or potential.