Dance Manifesto

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I. Dance has always been something that fascinates me. Ever since I was a little girl, my dream was to become a prima ballerina. The way the dancers carried themselves with such grace and finesse in every movement was something I aspired to achieve someday. I began taking up dance when I was four years old at Hudson Valley Conservatory. There, I studied three different types of dance: tap, jazz, and ballet. Ballet, of course, being my favorite, was the one style I focused on the most but my performance capability was not quite there. My interest took a turn when I came to the realization that I am not capable of being as graceful as the ballerinas that I saw when I was younger.

In the third grade, I developed an interest in competitive cheerleading. Surprisingly, cheerleading and dance share a lot of the same aspects. Not only did I cheer, but I also learned jumps, positions, and motions. These types of motion were completely different from the ones I learned at the Conservatory. The points of these motions were to be sharp, stiff, and snappy rather than graceful, smooth, and connected. This concept was a lot easier for me to grasp and I’ve been involved with cheerleading ever since. Although I do not participate in the performance of classical dance any longer, I actively participate in a more modern type of dance with a lasting appreciation for the art.

II. In my opinion, dance is all about perception. How you see and interpret dance is what makes it important. For me, it is necessary for dance to have a feeling or emotion behind the movement. Also, each bit and piece of the dance should be connected. For example, no movement should take place unless it has value and importance to the piece that is being performed. Dance should be to the point and very straight forward in communicating with its audience. One of the things I appreciate about dance is its ability to be performed anywhere at any given time. Impulsive dancing is a type of dance that I love to...
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