Disciplines of dance teach life lessons

Commentary by Mackenzie Bell
Special to the Times-News

Soloists in the “Once Upon A Ballet” segment of the Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts performances June 2 pose for a photo. Photo by Bob Stuart Photography of Raleigh

   As my junior year of high school concludes, I begin to reflect on the 13 years I have spent at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts (BADA). I first started out dancing in the Kindermotions program at the age of 3. Many of my preschool friends were in that same class and they too are still students at BADA, we have all basically grown up in the studio together. I realize now that we were learning valuable social skills through the art of dance and those lessons would help prepare us for school. I always looked forward to dance each week and didn’t realize at the time the incredible journey I was beginning to embark upon.
BADA has meant much more to me than just a studio; it truly is my second home and my second family. The treasured friendships we have created will remain with us the rest of our lives. While learning the many disciplines of dance, I have gained so much self-confidence. While juggling other extracurricular activities and a heavy course load at school, I have gained the time management skills that will prepare me for college and later for the career path I chose.
    I remember as a little girl always looking up to all the big girls and wanting to be just like them someday. It is so hard to believe that I am now one of the big girls. Being the “Bad Fairy” in this year’s production of “Once Upon a Ballet” has given me a renewed level of self-confidence.
Even though during this time of year I feel like I basically live at BADA and it can be stressful at times, it is certainly well worth it. As I prepare to head into my senior year, I will treasure each and every moment at BADA. I especially am looking forward to the senior dance with my dad next year and I know it will be a great experience. I will cherish each moment because in a blink of an eye, next year it will have passed by, too.

Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) will perform “Books In Motion” at 7 p.m. May 31 and  June 1 and “Once Upon A Ballet,” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 2, 2013. Performances are at McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Tickets are $13 for “Books In Motion” and $15 for “Once Upon A Ballet” and can be purchased at Elon or by calling (336) 584-6727. For more details, visit the website: www.badadance.com.

 

 

 

 

 Mackenzie Bell is a junior at Western Alamance High School.

 

 

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