I chose to become a dancer because I love and appreciate the art of dance my entire life. With each moment of dance, I am given the opportunity to grow. Dance is a form that I can constantly improve upon while appreciating my personal moments of greatness. I love setting small goals that I can mentally and physically reach through hard work and deep investigation. I can investigate my innermost thoughts and desires through dance. When I work this way I learn more about myself each day.
I hope to learn more about myself as a performer throughout this semester's Danstage rehearsal process. I am cast in two diverse works, and am thrilled to be a part of each one. I am interested in combining my performance style through the lens of each choreographer's work. I am excited to collaborate with choreographers and the dancers to create something exciting!
Rehearsals give me a time to open up my body and mind and dig deeply into the choreography. Each rehearsal I am given the opportunity to express myself, work on my technique and perform. As a dancer in a group work, it’s great to discover my individual presence as well as my ensemble relationship with other dancers.
The first time I placed my hand on the ballet barre at the young age of seven I had no idea what it would later mean to be a dancer, or that dance would later influence nearly every decision I make as a young adult. My first pliés were merely a median to glittery costumes and luscious false eyelashes once a year. I began to dance because I wanted to dress up and play make-believe. I am forever grateful that my parents had faith in me and invested thousands of dollars in a child playing dress up in an effort to nurture my imagination.
I’ve grow to appreciate and love the communicative power of movement. Working with Melinda Myers has given me the opportunity to work in a choreographic method that was not familiar to me. head and tail plays with the factor of chance; it is vital to know all the movement material inside and out, and to be able to perform it in any direction, with any other cast members, at varying times. This has been both physically and intellectually challenging and has left me with a richer understanding of the cause and effect of movement.
Every Thursday the rehearsal for head and tail is directed by the eight cast members without faculty guidance. I enjoy these rehearsals because they give the cast a chance to collaborate and practice, apply our individual strengths and work through a rehearsal like a professional company.
I began my dance career at the age of five at Forthcoming Danspace in Stevens Point and am pursuing a dance major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I chose to become a dancer because it has been a passion of mine since I was young. When I started college I was an education major and a dance minor until I thought about what job I would actually like to pursue when I graduated; the answer was dance. What better way to spend the rest of my life than doing something that I love?
This is my first year working with Michael Estanich. I am very curious about how he creates his work and the creative process that he uses. It is interesting to work with a new choreographer during my final year at UWSP. The aspect that I like most about rehearsal is getting to know the cast and choreographer more personally, in ways that cannot be reached solely in the classroom.
Does anyone really choose to dance? When I was young and first started to dance, I was intrigued by the mystery of dance. There were so many questions left unanswered and I knew there were millions of questions that never even crossed my mind. The only thing I ever knew for sure was that my body loved and desired to dance. I kept chasing after the answers even as new questions kept appearing faster than I could solve them. In the large scheme of things, nothing has changed since I was young. So I keep dancing.
It’s incredibly strange and fun to witness someone trying to create reality from an idea they have in their head. I hope to gain a better understanding of this process while rehearsing for Danstage.
What I like most about rehearsals is learning new movement! It’s the first time to see and learn what the choreographer is trying to do through their work. Beginnings are so exciting, I never know what to expect. It feels like opening a highly anticipated present!
I began training in dance at the age of four at the Dance Connection under the direction of Melissa Grannis, where I trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, pointe and hip hop. In high school I began training in modern technique and was a member of our studio’s Modern Company under the direction of Christina Morris. I performed in High School Musical and Cats the Musical. At UWSP I am double majoring in dance and arts management and developing my artistry beyond the training I had growing up. This is my last semester at UWSP, and I’m excited to dig deeply into Michael Estanich's choreography and learn from his movement approach. This will be my fourth time working with Michael in Danstage and every year I am able to learn something new about movement and performance. I am involved in an awesome rehearsal process knowing this is my last chance to collaborate with Michael and all my wonderful colleagues as a student. I am continually learning from the other dancers and discovering the artist within me. I am very grateful to have this opportunity and look forward to sharing the work with our audiences in April!
I am a senior Communicative Disorders major, Dance major, and Psychology minor. After graduating I plan to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a school system.
Last semester I was the Afterimages 2012 production manager. I am also president of the UWSP Chapter of the National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and I am the public relations officer for the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association chapter here at UWSP. I was recently hired to begin teaching Zumba classes at the Anytime Fitness in Stevens Point. I just absolutely love being a Zumba instructor.
I think of dancing is an expression and extension of myself. I truly enjoy dancing and believe I was meant to have it as an important part of my life. My Mom first enrolled me in dance lessons when I was five years old and I never gave them up. Dancing has become a potential future profession, but it will never be just a job to me. Dance is another way for me to communicate, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to be a part of something bigger than myself.
In Danstage 2013 I am in Michael Estanich’s cast. I am excited to be working with Michael once again. I was able to perform in his 2011 work, “A Classical Dance I”. Since then I have grown to become a more confident dancer. I feel, know and understand my body more deeply. This growth allows me to look at my dancing and see it as beautiful.
Attending college in general is challenging, and juggling two demanding majors, leadership roles in student organizations, a job, and still having time to accurately complete my homework and spend time relaxing with my friends is a process. It’s a process I’m still mastering and one I have come to accept, enjoy, and take delight and fulfillment from. With each day I am a new person and honored by this constant renewal. I am also honored to be working with Michael again, this time as a more mature dancer and artist, and thrilled to contribute to his choreographic ideas as he articulately creates this detailed new work.
Rehearsals are demanding, fast paced and require our full and focused attention. Rehearsals are also an extremely fun way to collaborate. It’s awesome to be in this heightened atmosphere and to be a part of a creative journey once again.