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Dance education in my life - a personal look at Longmont Dance Theatre

For many of my peers and I, Longmont Dance Theatre has always been a special place. I'm 17 and a Junior in high school this year. It's hard to believe I started dancing at LDT when I was just 6 years old! I just completed my 9th Nutcracker performance with LDT. Although many of the friends I began ballet with only treated dance as another extracurricular activity, for myself and the students I dance with today it has become so much more. Growing up through the Nutcracker and the spring gala performances has taught me commitment and the enormous rewards that come as a result of dedication. It's amazing to go from admiring your role models to becoming them. What truly makes LDT unique is the experience of performing onstage; with an orchestra, in a fully pre-professional environment. As students moving up through the school and the student-based company, we have chances to perform principal parts. This is an opportunity that I now understand is difficult to encounter in ordinary ballet schools. In addition to the performance opportunities, LDT offers serious ballet and dance training for aspiring professional dancers like myself. I am one of nearly 30 students participating in the...
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