Grade 9 student, Allie Pape, loves the performing arts. Two weeks ago, she was a hit as the friendly and lovable snowman, Olaf in our Junior School production of FROZEN JR. Her triple-threat stage performances were outstanding. Allie likes to sing and act, and she is good at it, for sure; however, dancing is Allie's true passion. And what a dancer she is, capable of all styles: tap, hip hop, jazz, and ballet point. If it's a dance, Allie can do it. Recently, at the last coffee house, Allie performed a dance to the Kygo, Whitney Huston rendition of Steve Windwood's classic pop hit - Higher Love. From the start, Allie made it obvious through her expressions that dancing is indeed her "higher love". Her broad smile says it all! I am pleased to showcase her performance with the intention that once you've seen this, we'll all dance into a well-deserved March break with a smile and equal enthusiasm.
I have asked Allie to share what dance means to her:
Dance gives me the opportunity to let myself go, and to let any pent-up emotions subside. Whether I am angry, out of sorts, or simply content, dance allows me to express whatever emotion I am feeling and channel carefree and positive energy. Dance is truly a form of communication as it allows others who are unable to communicate verbally to express their feelings through movement. Last year, I lost a close family member to cancer, and I was having a rough time at my old school with bullies and the hurtful words that they expressed, and I completely believe that dance was what transformed my grief-stricken thoughts back into the bright and bubbly personality I have today. I believe that dance can be extremely beneficial, whether it be mentally or physically, and I encourage everyone out there to give it a try.
Click here to watch Allie's performance.