Student Spotlight: Hannah Keife

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Hannah Keife

1. Can you tell readers how you became involved in dance?

I began dancing at a very young age; however, I did not realize how passionate I felt toward the art until I was about 13 years old. Before I joined  my current dance studio, Nuevo School of Contemporary Dance,  I was dancing at a studio that had a very negative vibe.  I was never excited to dance and was scared of the teacher. When I joined Nuevo, my love for dance grew tremendously and I immediately knew it was my home.

2. What do you like best about dance class?

What I like best about dance class is the satisfaction you feel knowing you did your best. When I am in class, it is the time for me to train, practice, but also have fun. If I ever have something on my mind then I can go into class and let out all of my feelings. I understand that no one is judging me and I can dance just because I love it.

3. What is the hardest part about dance for you?

The hardest part about dance for me is keeping a 4.5 grade point average while dancing about 20 hours a week. School is extremely important to me because I want to go to a university and major in dermatology and have a minor in dance. Studying every night in order to keep straight A’s is definitely one of the hardest parts about dance for me.

4. What advice would you give to other dancers?

One thing I would tell other dancers is to not let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. Once you set your heart and mind on something, you can achieve anything. If someone ever tells you that you can’t, prove them wrong! Also to always have a good work ethic and never become lazy.

5. How has dance changed your life?

Dance has changed my life in many ways. It has kept me healthy and fit all my life. It has taught me discipline and commitment and time management skills. Dance has always kept me busy and on the right track toward a successful future.

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Catherine L. Tully is the owner/editor at 4dancers.org. She has performed professionally and taught at many different places throughout the United States and Japan. To learn more about Catherine and the other contributors at 4dancers, see the "Contributor" tab at the top of the page. To reach Catherine, send an e-mail to info (at) 4dancers (dot) org

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  1. Josie Young #

    It sounds like you are an amazing and dedicated dancer. I think it’s amazing that you work that hard and are still able to keep the grades, I know from personal experience that that was always a difficuly task. When you talked about choosing the right studio for you, I can relate. The vibe of your studio can really affect how you perform.

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