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I believe that music and dance are extremely powerful forms of art. In my lifetime, I’ve always been surrounded by music. My parents weren’t musical people, but I remember being drawn to anything music related as a kid. I’ve never taken a dance class, but I do love watching other people dance. When I was younger, I wasn’t able to comprehend how important the art of music and dance is, but now I do, and it has changed my life.
As I entered my teenage years, I began to mature and see things a different way. My story of music and dance isn’t a single tale, but a collection of many poignant times. Whenever life threw something at me that I wasn’t prepared to deal with, I had no idea what to do. During my “growing up” stage, I would get upset and have no way of releasing my feelings. I would release my anger and frustration in harsh ways that were completely unnecessary. I didn’t know what to do with myself because I wasn’t accustomed to feeling so agitated with myself.
I think that I really realized how important music was to me in the 8th grade. In that time, girls were being petty and rude, guys were being jerks and idiots, my siblings were literally driving me crazy, and I was trying to get acceptable grades. I would come home, completely overwhelmed, and an argument would arise. It would be between either my parents, my siblings, or my parents and I. Either way, I hated people fighting, especially when I was an onlooker. The scariest fights were between my parents, because nowadays, there aren’t many families that have a real, complete family. That statistic frightened me quite a bit.
No one formally introduced me to good music, or the show So You Think You Can Dance; I had to discover it on my own. Once I found these things, I found life a lot easier. Music has always been a part of me, but never on this big of a scale. Now, whenever something happens that totally crushes my spirits, I grab my iPod and put on calming music. When I do this, I extract myself from the world around me and focus on the music I’m listening to. Music has made my life so much easier when I face the more difficult things in life. I’ve even come across new music while watching dance, so I get the best of both worlds.
Now, let me say that I am definitely not a dancer. I’ve always wanted to try, but I’m afraid of embarrassing myself. As a result, I just watch the professionals dance. It wasn’t until this year that I really got into the dance scene. I’ve always watched So You Think You Can Dance and I’d be sitting there, watching a routine, just thinking, “Oh wow, that’s pretty cool.” This year though, I started reading into the piece, actually understanding what the dancers were doing. Some of the dances I watched this year brought me close to tears because they were so exquisite. These dancers told stories of joy, despair, heartbreak, loneliness, and a huge spectrum of other emotions and life situations. A few of the dances created such a vivid picture in my mind that I would completely zone into the television. I would look forward to Wednesday nights, just so I could escape for a couple hours into that other magical world that touched my heart so profoundly.
It all sounds super corny, but listening to music and watching dance helped me find a eerie calm to go to whenever something tragic happened to me. Music and dance really can change lives. I didn’t experience one event that led me to this belief, but it was a gradual increase of things that I was exposed to. I believe that I am a happier person today because of the powerful strength of music and dance. "I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep to find for words” (Ruth St. Denis).
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