DDD Seniors of 2018

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DuHadway Dance Dimensions is excited to introduce the Class of 2018. This year we are lucky to have these 6 young ladies share their senior year with us!  (Seniors are listed alphabetically.)

Olivia Bitler, Chippewa Hills High School

Olivia has been dancing for 13 years and is taking classes in ballet, tap and jazz at DuHadway Dance Dimensions.  After graduation, Olivia plans to attend either Michigan Technical University and continue dancing on their dance team or majoring in dance at another college.

“Dance has been my favorite thing since I was 4. Dance lets me express myself without having to use words. I love the way tap dancing makes me feel, as it one of the best feelings in the world. I would like to thank teachers Miss Jillian, Charlie and Karen Opper for being a huge part of my life.   I would like to thank my parents for putting up with costumes and driving an hour every week so I can do what I love.”

Olivia’s best memory at DDD would be “making friends who I will keep for the rest of my life.”

Shauna Brenner, Alma High School

Shauna has been dancing at DuHadway Dance Dimensions for the past 12 years.  She is currently taking classes in ballet, jazz and pointe.  

Shauna loves to dance as “dance is where I can be myself and tell a story through movement.”  Her best memory from dance is performing in the Nutcracker for the first time.  Shauna would like to thank her mom and dad for all their time, money and support for her dance career.  She would also like to thank all of her dance teachers for the time they gave in making her into the dancer she is today.

Paige Harwager, Ithaca High School

Paige has been dancing since the age of 3 and loves to dance.  She has been dancing for a total of 14 years, with the last 12 years being at DDD.  She is currently taking classes in tap, jazz and ballet.  After graduation, Paige hopes to study Music in college and to make a career out of her music.

Paige says, “The thing I love most about dance is how you are able to lose yourself and just forget about everything else for that period of time. It is like you enter a different universe and it becomes a safe haven. I also love how the studio is one big family. The memories of the endless nights we have at dance and all the friends I have made through dance will last for a lifetime.”

Paige would just like to thank Jill and Rob for all that they have done for her. “I could never have gotten where I am today without you guys. Whether it was giving me hair ties when I seemed to have none, coming to pick me up when my car broke down so I could make it to assisting, pushing me to the best of my dance abilities, or breaking me out of my shell and forcing me to leave my comfort zone in order to try new things, you were always there.

I would also like to thank my mom for making this passion for dance possible and your endless support. If you had not put me in that first class then I never would have done it, so thank you.”

Paige with her first pair of ballet shoes. Photo Credit: Sara Bonacci

Emma Rohde, Breckenridge High School

Emma has been dancing at DuHadway for 14 years.  She is currently taking one jazz class.  After graduation, Emma plans on attending Delta College to complete her pre-requisites and then transfer to Grand Valley State University to study Graphic Design.

Emma says, “I love dance because it is a way to free my mind from all the stress within my life.  It is basically my happy place. My best memory at DDD will be all the friends I have made throughout the years and being part of a big family. I want to thank Jillian for working around my cheer schedule by putting me in a class that I am able to attend. I would like to thank all the teachers in the past who have helped me expand my comfort zone and making me more confident while I am in front of people.  Finally, I would like to thank my parents for supporting me every year, being at every recital, taking me to class, along with paying for it all.”

Mattie Sherman, Breckenridge High School

Mattie has been dancing since preschool and has always loved to tap.  Mattie balances many extra-curricular activities but has kept her weekly tap lessons in her life throughout high school.

Alynne Welch, Alma High School

Alynne has been dancing at DuHadway Dance Dimensions for 15 years and as an Elite team member for the last 8 years. Currently, Alynne is taking ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary and is a teacher assistant for several other classes. Alynne is planning on studying Broadcast Journalism, with the goal of being a news anchor.  While in college, she plans to be part of a dance team and involved in leadership opportunities, as she is currently an active member of Student Council.

When asked why she loves dance, Alynne responded, “Dance has shaped me into the person I am today. I love to feel the movement and find its voice. It allows me to be completely in the moment and present with myself. It has taught me discipline and how to respond to changes gracefully and creatively.  I love that I have gotten the chance to meet so many wonderful people through dance, and I get to call them my family. I love working with people too, and helping others with what I love to do.”

Alynne has many fond memories of dances throughout the years, but her first year tap piece, “Some Days You Gotta Dance”, will always be her favorite.  “We danced this piece for my first competition ever and we won first place. It was one of the greatest feelings and I realized this is what I wanted to do.”

Alynne would like to thank her mom for enrolling her in dance classes at DDD when she was little and so full of energy.  “Dance has taught me so much and I’ve met my second family through it. I am so glad I am part of a team where we are constantly pushing each other to do our best, while still staying positive.”

Alynne is also grateful to the teachers for helping her, believing in her, and spending countless hours of their lives working with her and her teammates.  “Miss Jillian is one of the most hardworking women I know, and I’m truly blessed to be apart of this amazing studio.”

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