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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 Pre-collegiate Ballet Intensive Program (PBIP). PBIP students leave their academic days one block early, training at the academy from 1:30-4:45 daily. PBIP includes rigorous ballet, pointe, modern, partnering and improvisation classes. We also have the opportunity to participate in various seminars that compliment our training. Additional evening classes are available to PBIP students as well. PBIP is the highlight of my day! Some of my peers are even able to take IB and AP courses in school while still training in ballet at such a high level. The community is amazing and I am continually overwhelmed by how lucky I am to be a part of LDT and especially PBIP. Sharing and pursuing a common passion creates some of the strongest friendships I've ever known. Our instructors are incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable and I've always felt extremely well supported in every aspect of my training. I can honestly say that without LDT, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I am so grateful to be a part of such a committed, professional, passionate and wonderful community and school!
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