We hope that the wonderful dancers series can encourage our dancers to focus on dance, to love dance, to set goals, to brave challenges, and to improve themselves.
Yoyo Dance invited some of our dancers to write about their thoughts and experiences in their dance journey as well as any fun stories from along the way. These stories happen right around us, and you may have similar ones! Through their words, we hope you can appreciate their admirable qualities: they are motivated, hardworking, persistent, and passionate; they strive for perfection and have lots of love and respect for their instructors!
"Wonderful Dancer Series" of this article is Luna Zhang
My name is Luna, and I am 9 years old. My adventure with Yoyo School of Dance started when I was 3. At the beginning, I just like to move my body with the music and picture myself being the beautiful pinky ballerina. I like dance simply because it has all the pretty dresses and sparkly make-up.
As time goes, I realized that dancing is not easy as I thought. A lot of time, we need to practice the same techniques over and over every day. However, I do still remember how excited I felt when the first time I can do the cartwheel. I've learned that there is no shortcut to accomplish any skills, I must be patient and persistent. The only way to obtain any technique or achieve any success is to practice more and work harder. Then, I did my first split, my first bridge, first handstands, first walkovers… I also remembered the time of our competitions. Even we were practicing the dance for months, we were still nervous on the stage. Nevertheless, I just felt confident when we started to perform. Me and my friends were turning and jumping together. At the end, while holding the medals, we all smiled.
Right now, my dance class is part of my life. I enjoy every week spending time with my teacher and friends. We learn, laugh, and grow together. I really want to say thank you to my teachers Tongtong, Yoyo, and Jinjin. They are all great teachers, super nice and patient. In the future, I will for sure continue my dance journey with the school and my lovely teachers. I wish I can reach a more competitive level and may become a professional dancer!
Remarks from Instructor Tongtong(Ella):
Luna is a very focused and diligent student. She always puts effort into completing the assigned homework after each dance class, and I am often pleasantly surprised by her outstanding performance the next week. All the instructors agree that she is hardworking, focused, energetic, and outstanding.
In the past year, Luna chose to continue her dance education through online classes. At the start, the Yoyo Dance instructors were inexperienced with this teaching format and worried that students in online classes would lose interest in dance; but over this year, the instructors have really stepped up their online teaching skills and the students have become more self-disciplined. Luna did not fall behind, rather she became a more mature dancer. You can see that she has included her own interpretations and feelings in the movements, especially with body rhythm training. She is doing an excellent job with the fluid lift and drop of her breathing, the extension of her form through the fingers and toes, and the accuracy of her timing. In her class, she shines brightly. I think that the takeaway for students from dance classes is a body molded by dance and a mind enlightened by dance.
Luna, it is lucky to be blessed with talent. I hope that talent, along with diligence and concentration, can become the wings that will help you soar in the world of dance.
Want to see Luna's dance? Click the video link below :-)
Dance is the brightest star in my sky!