Step It Up!

This article was written by Jewel Montilla, Social Media Youth Volunteer at the YMCA of Calgary.

Five! Six! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Step, pop, step, pop, jump, and slide. The thrill of being on the stage has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

I feel at peace when I am at the studio with mirrors surrounding me and a bottle of water sitting on the floor. It's just the music and me. It keeps me alive and fit. It helps me forget about the rest of the world and lets me illustrate my emotions as the music carries me. It's as if all of my burdens are so much lighter. The rhythm, the beats, the steps, the transitions -- they are all a part of the thrill of the adventure. I feel the adrenaline rushing through every inch of my body. As sweat drips down my face, I know I'm doing my best. Nothing feels better than doing what you love.

I've been dancing since I was five years old. As I grew older, I started to explore other genres of dance. I'm always trying to improve, and I have many friends who support me and who share the same passion. Knowing that encourages me to pursue my dreams as I learn from different people and they also learn from me. I'm looking forward to the next opportunity that I get to perform at an event. I hope it will be for a good cause and I'm sure it will be exciting learning new moves and being able to share them with an audience.

My advice? If you have something you are passionate about, chase it! 

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