My first performance was the “ah-ha!” moment if I had to pinpoint it. I was in their 2011 “Mistletoe” performance, and I loved it. Every second of it was exciting. Anytime I would see my dance on the rehearsal board, I would practically squeal with excitement. I’m actually pretty certain that I was more excited for the cast list than Christmas that year! The performances were, and are now, my favorite parts of dance.
As I got older, I joined the ADT company. Even now, the cast list fills me with anticipation and excitement. Sometimes I’m looking for a company list, to see who made it, and other times I’m scanning over the cast list, looking for my name in the sea of dancers. I’ve learned through the years that it doesn’t matter where I am in the company or the cast. I’ve learned to enjoy all the parts that I’ve been given.
Dance is exciting. It leads you places you never thought you would go. Not only have I learned how to turn more than once, how to stand on my toes, or jump 3 feet in the air, but I’ve learned hard work and dedication. For me, that’s the best lesson I could take from dance.
Photography Credits: Richard Calmes, David Robertson Jr.
Videographer Credits: Charles Sanford, Jared Johnson