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A Dancer's Journey - Olivia

“Point your toes”, “Chin Up”, “Pretty Hands” is what you hear when you dance. There is always someone there to fix your every move, but you also hear things like “That was amazing”, “You’re doing great” and “I’m so proud of how far you’ve come”.

Coaches play a big part in dance, they are the ones that cheer you up when you’re too hard on yourself and give you every opportunity to improve. Of course you always want to hear the good things from your coaches, but you don’t get there until you listen to the bad.

I never knew what real discipline was until I danced. The amount of discipline a dancer has for themself is exponential. There is that level of perrfection that you want to reach so badly, but you can’t dance flawlessly without flaws. Now I’ve only competitively danced for around a year, but this year has taught me so much about myself and my body. I’ve learned so much throughout this year.

People see dance as a hobby, but it’s really not. Dancing is a lifestyle. You can say so much without saying anything all by the way you move your body. It’s an outlet for you to express so much emotion and relieve yourself of stress, anxiety and a

any negative feelings.

I couldn’t of gotten this far without Dance Vision and the coaches that have played a role in my life. I am so very grateful that Passages Arts Project had extended me an opportunity to continue to pursue my love for dance. They saw the potential in me that I didn’t see in myself and that is something I couldn’t be more grateful for.

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