Dancers of Minnesota: Makena Rasmussen

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Makena Rasmussen for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

When and where did you start dancing?

Makena Rasmussen for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

I started dancing when I was 2 years old at Summit Dance Shoppe. As a kid, the thing I loved most about dancing was getting to be sassy and show off my style to all of the people that I was performing for! I also loved getting to make new friends at dance class everyday!

How has your style progressed?

As I have grown up my style has changed a little bit but I pretty much still love all of the same styles that I did when I was younger. In the early years I thrived in jazz class! I loved getting to be sassy and energetic on the stage. Now, I still love doing that but I also do a lot more lyrical dancing and I really like that style. I think that I like both jazz and lyrical the most because I am able to perform and show emotion when dancing to these styles.

What do you love about dance today?

The thing that I love the most about dance today is that all of my dance friends are my best friends because I grew up with them and they have all grown up living the same dance life that I have!

What are 1-2 challenges you have sustained in your dance career?

Makena Rasmussen for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

During my dance career I have faced a lot of challenges but the one that sticks with me the most was being a competitive dancer and a competitive gymnast at the same time. When I was younger I did gymnastics competitively and I took it very seriously. I wanted to do it in college and when I was younger I even used to dream of the olympics. But as I got older and the schoolwork got harder it became more difficult to balance dance and gymnastics. I began to get injured and that was effecting my gymnastics and dance career, in 6th grade I even had to have surgery on my elbow. All of my dance teachers were very supportive of everything and really helped me through but in the end I realized that I could not continue to do gymnastics because it was too hard on my body and I was better off just focusing on dance.

What is a lesson you learned from the challenge above?

A lesson that I learned was that it is not always good to physically push yourself past your limits because it can lead to injuries.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice that I have ever received is to work hard in silence and let success be your noise .

Do you want to give a shout out to anyone?

Stephanie Wise – Studio dance teacher
I would like to thank Steph for always believing in me and helping me find my strengths in dance. She has played the biggest role in shaping me into the dancer I am today.
Kelly Cabalka – Gymnastics coach
I would like to thank Kelly for being my being my biggest role model in life. She has taught me more than any other person in my life has. She made me a mentally, socially, and physically stronger person then I ever would have been without her!

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