Love of dance: Dancer reflects on years with BADA

By Hannah Blalock
Special to the Times-News

From left to right: Bo Peep (Lilya Salerno); Sheriff Woody (Mason Gaddis); Buzz Lightyear (Sadie Blocker); and Jessie (Makayla Micheo) will perform in BADA's "Toy Story" show at 7 p.m. May 31-June 1 in the McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. / Bob Stuart

My senior year has been a year of reflection. I have thought a lot about the people and places who have shaped me into the woman that I am.
Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) is a place that comes to mind immediately. Throughout my 16 years of dancing at BADA I have been taught countless lessons by teachers who, now, feel like family. The long hours of rehearsals and performances felt like minutes because of the wonderful friendships that have been rooted in the love of dance.
I have been taught respect, discipline, time management and most importantly, love. I am confident that the relationships that I have made during my time at BADA will be infinite. I have never felt a bond closer than between BADA dancers. Yes, we have conflicts, we disagree, we don’t always see eye to eye, but that bond never fades.
BADA has given us a safe place to express ourselves through our movement and completely let go of any obstacles we may face. The idea that we can “leave our worries at the door” is a comforting sentiment that we are reminded of often by Virginia Dupont, the Artistic Director of BADA. Knowing that there is a place where we can take a break from life, even if only for an hour, is an opportunity not everyone has. I am so grateful for this art form and the amazing BADA faculty for giving me a place so freeing and open.
The connection that BADA dancers have is one that you won’t want to miss.
We will be performing “Toy Story” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and “Mary Poppins” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday in McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Our performance of “Toy Story” will showcase a variety of dance genres including hip hop, jazz, modern, lyrical, acro and tap. In our performance of “Mary Poppins” you will meet the wonderful Banks’ family, Bert, Mary Poppins and many other characters of the story. Mark your calendars and “Step in Time” to see these amazing shows.

Hannah Blalock is a senior at Western Alamance High School.

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