I know these don’t come along very often, so it’s important to talk about them when they do. This last weekend at ACDFA (the American College Dance Festival Association) was a major life event for me. I can’t speak to the honor, pride, and sheer bewilderment that I felt as my cast and I performed my senior project for the dance students and faculty in our region. Compiled with that was the enormous amount of brilliant work that was brought to the conference. There was so much incredible beauty, passion, love and integrity. I’m floored that I even got to be a part of it.
Throughout this experience of seeing amazing work, sharing work, taking classes and just being surrounded by movers, I came to the realization that I need to go to graduate school for dance. I have an unspeakable passion for sharing stories through movement, and I’m no where near ready to stop studying the craft (spoiler alert: I won’t ever be). I can honestly say that every major installment in my life has worked towards pointing me in this direction. From when I first discovered theatre at the Masque Youth Theatre and School in Rochester, MN, to all of my years of high school drama and speech at Park Rapids, to choosing Hamline and stumbling into the dance ensemble under the wing of my advisor, Kaori Kenmotsu, and even my trip across Europe this January, taking in Pina Bausch’s company and the Stuttgarter Ballet.
From this point forth, my number one goal is to find an appropriate dance program and do what it takes to get in. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about getting into grad school for the sake of getting grad school. But I feel that a graduate program will best prepare me for and/or provide the best venue for really investigating and exploring the potential possibilities of dance as way of connecting with people.
My mom recently shared with me that when I was younger, she aspired for me to become the next Science Friday (on NPR). She felt like I had the potential to use my creative skill set to help explain the world to those who couldn’t understand it in a similar way. Oddly enough, that’s exactly why I love dance, and precisely why I want to pursue graduate studies in the field.
And so, I leave with these questions:
What do you love? How do you love it? Why?