Author: Student Blogger, McKenzie Holmes
The music is booming, but the screams are still louder. “Five, six, seven, eight!!!”
They force themselves to expel the last of their energy. “One more time,” she had said. “Just one more time.” “Hit!” She screams. “Three-and-four! Tighten those abs, ladies! Strong arms!” She’s out of breath, but then again, so are they. “Flick! Pull up, pull up!”
Sweat pours down their backs, but they’re poised. Their toes are pinched and their quads are shaking, but they’re smiling. The music fades, and the instructor offers a meek “good” before calling a five-minute break. All of them rush for their water bottles. Many collapse on the floor to rest for a minute; others begin to stretch their tired muscles.
This is a common sight in the studio.
It’s an insane reality that so much effort goes into making a single, polished dance look effortless. But this insane reality is an honest reality, nevertheless. Countless hours of work feed into a single moment of movement. In that moment, the lights are shining and the costumes are glittery and the makeup perfected. Before that moment, the only thing gleaming is sweat— but, to most people in this industry, it’s worth it.
Dancers are phenomenal beings; they’re both artists and athletes, meticulously honing every part of their craft. Their fitness, flexibility, movement, and technique all comprise only a fraction of the system. Imagine playing football and having to time your tackle precisely to the beat or melody of a song, smiling or acting the whole way. It sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly the type of strain dancers tolerate to produce well-carried-out choreography. An unthinkable array of factors all blend to create a unique and unmatched beauty.
The dedication and love that dancers put into transforming a movement into a masterpiece is mind-boggling. But this fusion of dedication and love is exactly the method in which the masterpiece is produced. What happens on stage would never have been brought to life if not for the almost intolerable process in the months of preparation.
Love and dedication are the only things between a dream and a reality. If love for an art can bring so much beauty and love for people … well, it would change the world.
About our Student Blogger
I am a senior at Laurel Springs this year and I live near Dallas, Texas. I found my passion for writing when I was twelve and have worked on numerous literary projects since (including a co-authored preteen mystery novel, a poetry book, and multiple young adult fiction books, under a pen name). I am also a dancer and an amateur baker on the side but enjoy many creative outlets. I consider myself an “endless creative” and warmly welcome you to discover the many mysterious worlds that I write about.