In the winter of December 2011 I journeyed to the breathtaking and wondrous place known as New York City. I traveled there as the annual trip that my dance team takes every year, our Spring Show was titled “Taking Manhattan” and what better way to be in character than actually travel to Manhattan itself. The trip was taken for us as dancers to be inspired by the culture and city of New York. Upon arrival, we headed straight to Times Square to enjoy the beautiful lights and spunky people of New York. Everywhere we went there were street performers showcasing their talent, many of us even joined their act to have an experience we would never forget.
While in New York I learned what it really meant to be a performer, there is more to performing than pretty costumes and a pretty face. Being a performer takes hard work and dedication. This is exactly what I saw from the performers during the Broadway performance of Wicked. By hearing the music of the orchestra, hearing the singers’ belt out high notes, and seeing the stage transform right before your eyes will make you realize that this is a dream come true for all the people part of the production and they truly worked hard to be part of it.
Another performing experience I had was taking a class with my team at Broadway Dance Center, which was the most unique and fun class I have ever taken. As you walk through the hall of Broadway Dance Center there a numerous pictures of professional dancers that have trained in this very facility before. Being in the same place where these now famous dancers’ dreams became a reality was unreal. Taking a dance class in New York opened me up to many different dance styles that come with being a dancer. Everywhere around the world has its own unique dance style waiting for others to discover and learn to love it.
During the time that I traveled to New York, this is when the Wall Street protesters were still voicing their opinions openly. Seeing the protesters voice their opinions, hold up their signs and give out their merchandise up close was unbelievable. I was impacted by their passion to fight for what they believe and what they think is right. I was inspired to always stand up for what I believe in, no matter what.
If I could go back and travel to New York City again I would in a heartbeat. The city has the ability to inspire people to shoot for their dreams and shows you that hard work will pay off in the long run. It showed me that no matter where you originate from, what color your skin is or how you talk will never matter. Your difference will be embraced in the city and you will discover people that aspire for the same things you do. A simple dream is what bonds the people of New York; it is a place where people go to make their dreams come true. New York City taught me that my dreams will come true, my differences are what make me unique and your performance in life will never be upstaged by anyone as long as you believe in yourself.
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