My hobbies are dancing and participating in theatre productions.
I started dancing around the age of 3, where I started doing ballet and then slowly started trying different types throughout the years (hip-hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, stage, etc.). I have been doing dance for about 12 consecutive years now. I dance competitively, which means that I go to competitions and compete against other dances in our category. I am in a category of an older age group because when I was 10 they decided I should be “levelled up” in a sort of sense, which means that I am now 15 years old dancing with 17/18 year olds. I currently do jazz dance intensively for 2 hours each week. Previously I danced anywhere from 4-6 hours a week, but once I entered high school I found it to be too much on my schedule and I had to drop out of a few classes. I think that just doing two dance classes each week is a good amount, because it gives me the opportunity to do other things and take time to complete homework. Dance also keeps me active and confident.
My other hobby is theatre. I have been participating in theatre productions since I was around 8 years old. I have been participating in school plays and musicals and I would act as characters like Fairy Godmother from Cinderella, Lucy from A Charlie Brown Christmas and others. I really enjoy theatre because it gives me the opportunity to really understand the thinking of another person and understand how they would think and react to a certain situation. I also enjoy acting because I find it really interesting and just fun to do.
I believe that I enjoy both of these hobbies because they are outlets for expression without boundaries – art has always been something that I have used to express my emotions ever since I was young. Theatre and dance have a very emotional connection with me and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. They are not only a part of who I am but have also shaped me to become the person I am today.