Dancing provides benefits

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The dancer extended her legs and flew through the air, adrenaline pumping through her veins. She landed perfectly with a bow… however, much more went on behind the technique, hairspray, and stage makeup.

“You can tell a story through dance, without having to say anything,” Gabriella Brockway, seventh grade dance major at Bak Middle School of the Arts (Bak MSOA) said.

For Brockway and her fellow dancers, being one of them was not as easy as it looked. It took a lot of dedication and skill to participate in such a vigorous activity.

“You have to really enjoy dance to do it as much as we do. You don’t get a lot of time after school or on weekends to hang out with friends. You don’t get a lot of free time at all,” Robin Burger, one of the few male dance majors at Bak MSOA said.

Being a dancer, like Brockway and Burger, took up a lot of time. With practice, preparation for shows, and the extra time needed for the performance itself, it could leave dancers searching for time to do homework and study.

“It can be 10-12 hours during the week. But that isn’t counting preparation for shows, or performances,” Brockway said, “with the long hours it makes it hard to find time to study.”

And in the world of dance, things did not always go as planned. Mistakes were made.

 

“We were doing a performance with a narrator and a live orchestra. The narrator had no clue

what he was doing, so the whole orchestra messed up, and we had to improvise,” Burger said.

However, dance reaps many rewards, not just physically. According to www.vivafifty.com, dance leads to improved concentration and focus, better resolute, and enhanced cognitive learning.

“It has taught me to be persistent and keep going,” Brockway said.

And despite some misconceptions, dance was a vigorous and challenging sport that took dedication and skill, according to www.performance-sports.com, and provided many benefits in the long run.

“It has taught me to be stronger,” Brockway said, “not just muscle-wise.”

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