One Last Dance…

Top, left to right: Kelly Saelee , ’17, Karina Montes, ’17, Kimberly Saesee, ’17, Laia Pérez, ’18, Josie Lee, ’17.
Bottom, left to right: Anthony Lopez, ’17, Ibris Jaimes, ’18.

Senior year is currently taking place in my life and it’s going by so fast. The end is near and I realized that when the Redwood Dance Show was taking place. My first time being involved in dance started my Junior year, I tried out for hip hop and surprisingly I made it past tryouts into the class! It was a dramatic change coming from orchestra and going into hip hop. I was nervous and scared about being judged on my dancing, but I soon realized it wasn’t like that at all.

I had the opportunity to meet new people and make friendships within the class. Mrs. Lapp is also a great teacher who happens to be very talented when it comes to dancing. Her personality is humorous and sweet and I definitely developed a good relationship with her throughout my experience in Hip Hop. I even remember my first dance show and all the feelings that came along with it. It was completely nerve wrecking and made me feel very nauseous. I was terrified of messing up in front of everyone, including my friends and family. But once I went up and danced, I realized that the nervousness I was feeling got completely replaced with excitement and pleasure from putting on a show. I knew that this was what I wanted to do for my time left in high school.

After experiencing the joy and fun that came along with the dance show, I was definitely looking forward to this year’s. It was such a bittersweet feeling knowing that it was my last dance show. It was amazing for the time being, but the thought of it ending was always in the back of my mind and made me sad. I had such an amazing time with my friends dancing in this show and performing. It made me feel like I was a part of something special. My favorite part about the dance show was being in the dressing rooms with the boys and having a prayer circle and praying that we give the people a good show, have a great time, and that the Seniors enjoyed every last bit of it.

Even afterwards when we all stood out there for the final dance and grabbed hands, we all felt the same way. Relief that the quick changes were over, but sadness that it was all over. Some tears were even shed on the faces of those who were Seniors and their friends who would miss them next year. Overall, it was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.

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