Meet Bela – Learning balance on and off stage through dance

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Bela met us at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with her friends Alyssa and Annie. The three of them dance at Dancin on Broadway and were a pleasure to get to know. Here is a bit of Bela’s dance story…

Annie Simons photos for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett/Matte B Photography for My Story Minnesota

Tell us about how you got started dancing:
I started dancing at the age of 5 at my studio, Dancin’ on Broadway. When I was little, I fell in love with being on the stage and performing; ever since then, I’ve been hooked.

Photo by Matt Blewett

How have you/your style progressed since you started dancing?
I think my dancing has matured through the years; for example, I don’t just do the steps I’m taught now, I’m confident enough to add my own style to the choreography. In my early years of dancing I really enjoyed ballet, and I still love it to this day. Through time I have discovered the lyrical and contemporary styles and they have captured heart.

What do you love about dance today?
I love the idea that dance is never perfect; there is always more to strive for and achieve, always room to learn and grow. I also love making the audience smile and feel the emotion that I’m communicating through my dance.

Photo by Matt Blewett

What is a challenge you have sustained in your dance career?
Balancing dance with my responsibilities at home and school can be a challenge. If I could, I’d dance for hours and hours every day, but I have to remember that my body needs time to recover. I also have learned the importance of time with my family and friends and that they are as important to my well being as dance.

What lessons did you learn through this challenge?
I’ve learned that balance is key. It allows me to appreciate and enjoy every moment dancing.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
My dad encourages me to exercise my thinking and stretch my thoughts as well as my body for dance. He reminds me that whatever my mind thinks and believes, I can become.

Time for shout outs…anyone you want to thank?
First, I would like to thank my parents for putting all their time and money into me and my dance education.  I would also like to thank my dance instructor, Julia, for always being someone I can talk to and trust.

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