These dancers have literally been dancing the majority of their lives – some as many as 14 or 15 years. On an average week, they spend 10 hours in class, not counting rehearsals or time spent hanging out.
Needless to say, they have a lot of wisdom (and opinions) for younger dancers. Here’s what the Just Dance! Class of 2018 wants you to know:
Advice to Younger Dancers:
Abby: TAKE BALLET.
Hallyn: If you love to dance, never give up and always do your best!
Hollis: Support each other! The best teams are the grounded, supportive ones! I always knew I could count on and trust the seniors at all times, because we all helped each other out.
Glynn: I’m so jealous of the time you have left at Just Dance!! Make sure you take full advantage of all the time you have and also have fun while still working really hard. I’ve created so many of my favorite memories while being part of this team so make sure you don’t take any of it for granted!
Alden: This is pretty cliche but soak up every minute of this experience!!!! It really does go so fast, so have fun but also take your classes seriously (especially ballet). You don’t want to graduate regretting that you didn’t try hard enough.
Advice for Older Dancers:
Abby: Each of you are so talented and I love you all so much! I took a class from someone once who said, “If you work hard and be nice to people, I guarantee you will succeed.” Also TAKE BALLET.
Hallyn: Take every class like it is your last. You will inspire your teachers and you will grow as a dancer.
Hollis: Be supportive of each other! Whenever I was tired, sore, or stressed out because of school, I loved coming to dance because the seniors are all comfortable with each other and the positives energy made me forget about being tired, sore, or stressed out!
Glynn: First off I want to say that even though we yell at you guys in conditioning, it doesn’t mean that we love you any less. This age, for me, was when I struggled the most commitment wise, but I want you to know that all those missed birthday parties or skipped days at the beach with friends were so worth it and I would do it over and over again if it meant I had the option to stay on this team longer and have even more time to grow. You guys are all so phenomenal, and if you keep working hard you’ll be unstoppable, especially considering how good you already are. I’m really looking forward to be able to come back year after year and see your growth and talent, but I’m gonna miss you all so much. Love you guys!!!
Alden: Listen up juniors. I remember how it felt to be your age, the middle school to early high school age. All I have to say is don’t think that you can’t balance a social life while still being committed to dance. I know too many people who quit during this stage in their life and regret it later. Graduating and knowing that I’ve been committed to Just Dance! for most of my life feels so rewarding and is totally worth all of the birthday parties I had to miss for dance rehearsals.