Julie Lyles Carr: Freeze Frame

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Freeze Frame

We are up to our eyeballs in all things dance at the moment. Spring is the season when competitions, conventions and seminars pop up like the bluebonnets.

I spent the better part of the weekend in a gorgeous performing arts center watching dedicated young people perform challenging and moving choreography. Dance schools from across the region came to show off their best stuff and to be inspired by fellow dancers.
It gladdens my heart to see today's teens working so hard and with such focus. To dance at this level takes commitment to the art and tremendous time to perfect the technique. To know there is a population of young people out there who are willing to traffic in such dedication is exciting.

2 of 8 was able to perform her solo. She's changed things up this year, performing a dramatic modern lyrical piece called Bitterly. It's the story of making a hard decision in life but still being pulled back to what could have been.

While the topic is serious, it is a joy to watch.

And as I watch 2 of 8 perform this number, I do think about the choices she has made to come to this level of performance. Fortunately, I don't think there has been a bitter aftertaste to it. But each dance season, there are tough choices to be made, things that 2 of 8 and her fellow dancers know they won't have time to participate in, things that would be good choices but would interfere with the dance calendar. Now in their final years of high school, these athletes continue to craft their days around honing their craft.

And it shows.
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