Olivia Scata

Potsdam • New York

Story

Anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and being told you can't. I struggled with all of these things. I dealt with anxiety and depression for all of high school. I had low self esteem from being told I was ugly or not good enough. I even had dance teachers tell me that I wasn't good enough. The studio had become the one place I didn't want to be. However, not dancing made everything worse. I realized that dance was my therapy for all of my problems that I was facing. Dance made me feel like I was stronger than all of my mental issues that I let consume me for so long. As for the teachers who told me I couldn't, I proved them wrong. I'm now a freshmen in college pursuing a double major in Dancw and Business Administration with a minor in Arts Management and have been dancing for 14 years. I just want every dancer to know that no matter what they are told, they are good enough! Dance for you and you only, not for the approval of others.