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Isabella Marulanda ENC 2135 9/11/18 Exploring My Genre of Dance As a young girl, I felt as though dance allowed me to express myself in ways words couldn’t. There’s countless other ways that people chose to express themselves, such as through art, sports, or instruments. However for me, dance was the perfect medium. To this day I still hold onto the memory of my first dance lesson; learning to move in a way that would flow with each note of the song playing changed my entire objected pathway in life. In middle school, I began to dance competitively. Dance involved hard work and dedication. This meant: practice every day, healthy meals, good grades, and a balanced social life. The climax of it all were the competitions. On a day of competition, my entire team was anxious and ready to face whatever came forth. However, the fear of failure was present. The more competitions I went to the more this distress went away because I knew I was good enough. Dance gave me confidence, it allowed me to grow with my teammates and become the young lady I knew I could become: a strong one. As an individual who strove to be great, making my parents proud was one of the biggest things I knew I had to accomplish. My parents are from Medellin, Colombia a country where people work very hard to achieve their goals. My mom and dad didn’t grow up having the resources and possessions my older sister and I grew up having. This meant their
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expectations for my sister and I were exceedingly high. Therefore, when I surpassed in dance I knew I was meeting my parents’ anticipations of how their daughter should flourish even as a young adolescent. In high school, dance became harder to hold on to, school became tougher and college became a distant goal I knew I wanted to achieve. However, dance was the outlet to let all my stress and fears go away. Through AP classes and UF dual enrollment, I struggled very hard to hold on to the one thing I knew I was incredibly passionate about. Therefore, I let dance go for a while. My parents always said, ‘just because you let something go doesn’t mean you don’t love it” and I stuck by those words. Dance was love for me, it was a feeling that dance gave me that no other form of expression could give. I hoped that everyone could experience that feeling through something they grew passionate about. My senior year, I was offered an admission to a dance competition with my old middle school teammates in Los Angeles, California. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by; therefore, I went with my best friend on this trip to relive why I loved dance so much. This event held a plethora of individuals, making the exhilaration ten times more intense. My team placed 3 rd , to this day I can still grasp the authenticity of the moment and how much happiness and love I felt as I danced with my childhood friends.
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