I’ve been dancing at Kelly Richards School of Dance since I was three years old. I remember the smile on my face when I performed during the recital and loved the feeling of little pink ballet shoes on my feet. I was asked to dance on the competition team at the age of five. Today marks the eighth year that I’ve been on the team. Every week, I love coming to class and doing what I love. Dance isn’t just a hobby or interest, it’s a passion. When I dance, I can just let go and be myself (even with a beard on my face or dressed as a playing card!). I’ve made many friendships that I will cherish and hope to someday carry on my journey and be a professional dancer. All the dance instructors are great and motivational they push me to try my hardest and make me the best I can be at achieving my goals. Even though sometimes I spend my Saturday hours on end in Studio C, in the end, it’s all worth it. When I step foot into the school Monday night or Saturday morning, I cannot wait to see spunky Miss Kel or peppy Miss Nancy. The dance environment KRSD provides makes you feel like a piece to the puzzle. You’re not only meeting people, but joining a family and starting to share a special bond between you and your fellow dancers. I strive to use my dance knowledge and techniques and to one day, put it to good use in a great dance environment just like mine now. KRSD has been my second home and I won’t want to leave when I’m a senior, but in the end I’ve realized, I have and will continue to strengthen my knowledge and put it to good use. Thanks to all my teachers and friends for helping me become the dancer I am today.