Jasmine Llantada 1st Place! Why She Loves Dance!

young competitive dancer winning 1st place

For the Love of Dance

Perseverance can sometimes be hard to do. Last year in the beginning of September, 2016, I had to use a lot of perseverance when I was joining a new competitive dance team. The hardest parts were meeting new people and learning new/harder dance moves.

First, I didn’t want to join a competitive dance team because it looked boring and I didn’t want to wear makeup, but when my sister joined I realized that it’s not all about makeup nor it’s boring. When I tried out, I was so nervous if I would make it or not. I soon made it on the team but I thought that I would never fit in because of how close all of them were. At this point, I had absolutely no perseverance. This struggle was mostly in between September-November.

As the months went by, I started to get to know the team a lot more. They treated me like a sister and made me feel very welcome. Most of them were more advanced than me, so I had to work harder. I kept telling myself, “You should’ve joined sooner, you suck, and you will never be able to dance like everyone else.” I went to bed that night thinking about all these negative comments. I tried to tell myself I’m going to get better but it didn’t seem to work. I asked my mom if I was ever going to get better, she said “Of course you are! You just have to work hard!” the words “work hard” echoed in my head. She was right, I had to work hard.

Next, I started to practice all the tiny combos we did in each class. I practiced a lot at home in my hallway to the kitchen/family room. I also continued to apply my corrections. I kept pushing myself, and I was determined to become the best dancer I could be. I was also getting stressed because I couldn’t find time for my homework since I was at the dance studio a lot. All I did was try to focus more in class and finish as much work as possible.

Finally, in between January-April, we started to make our competitive dance routines. I sometimes found them hard to remember so I asked my dance teammates to help me or I would play the music and go through the counts over and over until it was drilled into my brain. In April our dance showcase was around the corner. The dances I was showing was Jazz, Tap Ext. line, Hip Hop, Ballet and Open Ext. line. I was super nervous. I kept thinking “I’m going to make a fool of myself.” I told one of my teammates this and she told me “just move to the music and think positive.” I followed what she told me and I think I did pretty well. I only made one mistake, but if it wasn’t for perseverance, I would’ve not even made it on the stage.

All in all, I did really well and I got really good feedback. Some people said it didn’t even look like my first year dancing. I also started to become even closer not only to my team but with the whole dance studio. Throughout this tough time, I realized that lots of perseverance pays off. Not only that I love to dance but I love the people who welcomed me and pushed me to be the best I could be.

TDS WHAT!!!!!!  By: Jasmine Llantada

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