I have been dancing at Piedmont School of Music & Dance since 2007. This dance studio feels like a home away from home. The atmosphere right when you walk in the building is so uplifting; it’s a non-judgment zone and a place of encouragement and learning.
When I first started dancing, I dreamed of being a classical ballerina, but when I hit puberty I realized I was not built as other classical ballerinas. Piedmont School of Music & Dance provided me with other options in addition to classical ballet, offering a variety of styles of dance. It was here where I fell in love with the contemporary style of dance. Contemporary dance opened my eyes to a new way of exploring my body through movement and dance, and I realized I didn’t need to have the perfect body to be a great dancer. If everyone was the same, the dance world would not be as unique or as inspirational as it is. You are not in competition with anyone but yourself, that competition is to be better than you were the day before, which is just one of the many life lessons I learned here. I developed confidence and selflessness at Piedmont School of Music & Dance.
The wonderful training, performance opportunities and support I received from the faculty and fellow students at Piedmont School of Music & Dance helped me to grow as a dancer and develop a great work ethic. While training here, I was accepted into several summer dance intensives such as The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street, The Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. As a senior in high school, the training I received and the way my confidence grew dancing here prepared me for collage auditions; because of this, I was offered several college dance scholarships.
At Piedmont School of Music & Dance I learned to work hard and love who I am. I developed an appreciation for dance and life that I always want to share with others. It would be such an honor to come back to Piedmont School of Music & Dance as a guest performer or teacher someday.