From Anxiety to Freedom

Scholarship Entrant: Hannah from Salt Lake City, UT
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Hannah: 1

I haven’t always been a dancer, but one night changed everything. On a cold March night I took a leap of faith and attended a small café for what was called Light Blues. The scene was what you would imagine in movies. The lights were hung low and shaped like teardrops hanging from the ceiling. The dancers listened to the music and moved as a unit together across the wooded floor. Couples learned to sway with each other, and not crash into the nearest person just inches away. They trusted who they were and what they were doing.

That first moment changed who I am today. I’ve always had severe anxiety, but in the moments that I am dancing I’m free. I’ve found something that makes me truly happy. After dancing for nearly a year, I now love who I am and what I can do. I’ve found happiness.

Learning to dance can have the same effect on others, as I’ve seen. Some people dance for a connection, others for social interaction, and some for exercise. All reasons can have a positive effect on people’s lives. After having this experience, I want to be a Social Dance teacher. I want to show others the positive effects dancing can have in their lives. After finishing my Associates at Salt Lake Community College, I will go on to a university to gain a degree in Education and Dance. I want to show people how to overcome their difficulties and be happy with themselves.

Vote for Hannah: 1

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