These Performers Bare Their Soul And Explain Why They Love To Dance.
At its truest definition, dance is the art of body movement. Dancers train for long and exhausting hours. Every moment is spent articulating and perfecting their art. One may question why a dancer may practice all while encountering frequent muscle strain and injury. For many, it may seem like an exhaustive exercise in futility, while others may see it as a labor of love.
American Martha Graham, the pioneer of modern dance famously said “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
It is in these wise words that lie the meaning behind the language of movement. Dancers across the country, from professionals to amateurs to teachers explain why they dance.
The answers are poignant, heartwarming and profound. In the answers, one can find the very essence of how great dancers think.
"I dance because I can become someone else on stage." -Duncan Lyle, American Ballet Theatre
"I dance because I want to express more than words." -Charles Martin, Kansas City Ballet
"I dance because sometimes it's the only way I know how to speak." -Amanda Trusty, dance teacher, Hawaii
"I dance because I get to be something different everyday." -Alexandra Basmagy, American Ballet Theatre
"I dance because if I have a stressful day, I look forward to getting to dance and letting it all go." -Grace Branham, dance student based in Hawaii
"The intention of perfection gives me persistence while I stay fixated on my goals. Optimism about the artist and person I would like to become has a growing presence in my life. I dance because it completes me!" -Gabe Stone Shayer, American Ballet Theatre
"I dance because I like to challenge my body to the limit." -Diego Cruz, San Francisco Ballet
"I dance because it feels good. Also, applause." -Helen Phelan, freelance dancer
"I dance because it brings me happiness." -Lamin Pereira, Kansas City Ballet
"I dance because it frees me." -Jill Marlow, Kansas City Ballet
"I dance because I can let all of myself go and live in the moment!" -Alison Stroming, Dance Theatre of Harlem
"I dance because I love sharing a piece of my soul with the world through movement." -Kayla Rowser, Nashville Ballet
"I dance because every time I go I leave feeling stronger." -Laulea Noche, dance student based in Hawaii
"I dance because I'm still excited by it when I wake up each morning!" -Katie Vasilopoulos, Nashville Ballet
"I dance because it is my passion. Dance enables me to find different facets of my inner self, yet allows me to lose myself at the same time. Overcoming challenges and the feeling of self-fulfillment is why I love to dance." -Ommi Pipit-Suksun, Ballet San Jose
"I dance because it's how I express myself best without words." -Kelley Potter, American Ballet Theatre
"I dance because it makes me smile." -Mona Meng, Kansas City Ballet
"I dance because I enjoy expressing my feeling and emotion in many ways. And it makes me happy." -Maykel Solas, Ballet San Jose
"I dance because I want to take the audience on an emotional journey." -Mollie Sansone, Nashville Ballet
"I dance to be alive. Mind. Body. Spirit. And transmit that to others!" -Tempe Ostergren, Kansas City Ballet
"I dance because I want to make people FREE." -Connie Shiau, Abraham.In.Motion
"I dance because since I was a little boy I was inspired by my wonderful parents who were both professional dancers with the Ballet National of Cuba. I love the beauty, elegance, complexity and magic of dance. I knew since a very early age that ballet was my destiny." -Rudy Candia, Ballet San Jose
"I dance because I can channel my emotions into something creative." -Ashley Murphy, Dance Theatre of Harlem "I dance because I love to be a character." Samuel Wilson, Dance Theatre of Harlem
"I dance because I [heart] it." -WanTing Zhao, San Francisco Ballet
"I dance because I have to." -Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, Kansas City Ballet
It is no surprise that not one dancer said they do it for financial gain.