The weekend before last marked a significant date in my dance career. It was the last time I “took the stage” as a Griffin Girl. I’ve been on the dance team at Fontbonne for three years. During my freshman year here, I made the mistake to not partake in any extracurricular activities, and forewent what I had been doing since I was five years old.
Clearly, I couldn’t stay away from dance for long, and joined the team the following year. This decision ranks in the top for the best decisions I have made in my life so far. You see, dance is not just a sport for me. It’s more than a performance or source of entertainment for others. It’s a way I let myself deal with all that life can throw at me. Dance is my catharsis, my release in life.
So I continued, and I met the greatest gals whom I now call my friends. We were more than just a team. We were there for each other. We all needed dance, and we needed each other.
Griffin Girls was the perfect outlet for me to keep dancing and still focus on building the future I so desired. I could dance while focusing on my education, work, and other leadership opportunities. My time here at Fontbonne has been some of the greatest years of my life, due in part to the Griffin Girls.
“Dance with your heart and your body will follow”. Those are the words of choreographer Mia Michaels, and could not be more true. I may not be the dancer with the best leaps, turns, or flexibility, but I dance with my heart in each and every performance. It is my heart that is rooted in dance, and the thought of being done with the art form causes it to ache a little.
Who knows where I will go with dance next, but my heart will always hold a passion for it. That I know for sure.
This week Fontbonne University officially welcomed Dr. Pressimone as the fourteenth president of the university. Many events took place throughout the week, the final one being the Inaugural Ball. The Inaugural Ball took place at the St. Louis Science Center including the long skyway that goes across I-64E. The event included a mashed potato bar, a photo booth, and plenty of dancing! This was an event to celebrate Dr. Pressimone and his family and conclude the inauguration week. The event was vlassy one open to students, staff, faculty, and friends and family. It was such a blast! The DJs played a wide variety of songs and the dance floor was constantly crowded! The event was very class and overall a great end to a great week!
Here are some pictures from the photo booth and the fun props:
I can say pretty seriously that I don’t know how I’d get through life if I didn’t have music. I listen to anything and everything – classic rock, pop punk, top 40, country, electronic, indie, rap – I particularly like songs I can dance to, because dancing is another important part of my life. I have said many times that the Music Appreciation class I took my freshman year at Fontbonne is my favorite class that I have ever taken, and that statement still stands.
The class started at Gregorian chants, and moved up through classical times to the present day. I’m not gonna lie, most people in the class saw it as a bit of a waste of time, but I was eating it up. I don’t play an instrument anymore, and I can’t say that I’m a great singer, either, but I sure do appreciate music, and that class showed me a lot.
I don’t have a set playlist that I use for homework or other specific tasks – it mostly depends on my mood. But pretty much any chance I get, I’m listening to some jams. It’s just a natural part of life to me. I try to listen to at least one new song every day, and I’ve found a lot of cool stuff that way. I loved the chance to take a class about it – but you don’t need to take a class to appreciate music! Just turn on a song and listen.
Well, summer keeps on rolling along. This past weekend was an exciting one for me. For the past fifteen years of my life on a Saturday night in early June, I’ve danced at or attended my studio’s dance recital. This year I got to do both.
For the 20th recital, an alumni dance was put together as a special performance. Since I graduated a couple years ago, I’m considered an alumni. This makes me feel extremely old, but it’s been nice to dance for a few weeks again with Griffin Girls in the off season. We performed last Saturday after a lot of practice (8 straight days and many others for me). Everyone loved the routine and talked about how we looked as if we never left the studio! It was so much fun to dance on stage again!
It was also a special night for me because I got to see one of my dearest friends dance in her last recital. She did such an amazing job. I didn’t get to watch the majority of the routines from the seats because I was helping with changing backstage, but it was still great to watch. I also got to see one of the girls I nanny in the summer dance at recital. We’ve practiced her routines and talked about dance a lot so far this summer. I felt so proud because even at a young age, she knew all her routines and had great stage presence!
After recital, my sister and I went and enjoyed ourselves at the after-party for a little while, but then headed home. It sure was an exhausting week! Especially for an old alumni, but I’ve still got it!
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