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Dancing and Designing

Alexa | future dancer and designer

Two years ago, I wrote about wanting to be a dancer or a designer, and since then I have done many things to expand my knowledge of dance and design. In 2014, I joined a pre- professional ballet school that critiques me at every chance to accomplish perfection. I am being trained in the proper technique, and I'm learning self-discipline from it. I take ballet class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday on a normal basis. I take a modern class as well on Tuesday. I also have a ballet Pilates class on Thursday. I recently was in the Nutcracker ballet performance, and I will be performing in a ballet called Snow White in April. In the summer of 2015, I went to a dance intensive in Malibu, CA, with US Performing Arts. It was a week-long modern style dance intensive, including preparing me for auditions and stage presence. In August 2016, I am planning to go to a ballet intensive in Paris, France, to study ballet from many guest artists and instructors. During the school year, I also take advanced dance, along with all pre-advanced placement classes.

This past summer I also went to a week-long design camp at Texas Tech University that taught me how to sew, sketch clothing, and measure people. I also take technical theatre at school, which includes making costumes for the school performances, as well as doing their hair and makeup. When I go to Paris, for the ballet intensive, I am staying two weeks to explore their architectural design and their major fashion influences. I enjoy both dance and design so much and am excited about where my future will lead!

Alexa's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.