Endings turned to new beginnings

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Tricia Knutson

It is because of my dance teachers that I am where I am today. They have had such an important impact on my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Mara Tiede, Staff Writer

I’m not one to ever get emotional, but tears were flowing out of me like a river at my final dance recital this past weekend. I was even concerned that I wouldn’t cry during my last time on stage, just because I never get choked up. It is a running joke with a lot of people in my life that I don’t have feelings or can’t show emotion, but after this past weekend, a lot of their ideas have changed. I have tended to struggle with change in the past, and I think that is why this ending affected me so much. 

It was hard for me (and still is) to comprehend how dance, one of the biggest parts of my life, can be over so quickly. Weekly dance classes have been a part of my life for the past 14 years until suddenly, they aren’t going to be anymore. To be frank, I didn’t think that the end of my dance career was going to affect me as much as it did, but days after, I still catch myself tearing up as I remember that chapter of my life is now over. It still doesn’t feel real. 

Even though I am struggling with the fact that my days as a dance student at BritZa Studios have ended, the only way to move forward from the sad feelings I have is to look for new beginnings. BritZa Studios truly have some of the best teachers there are, for I not only learned to be a good dancer during my time there but also how to be an even better person. There is no doubt that the influence my teachers had on me is strong, and I like to think that it is because of them that I am where I am today. They taught me core values over the years that still hold true in my life today, and I will never be able to give them enough credit for all they have instilled into me. 

I am still facing sorrowful feelings now that my time as a BritZa student is over, but I know that they would want me to move on; that is why the values they taught me hold so much importance. I can take all that I learned from them and use what they have given me to do better in everything I continue to do in this new stage of my life. After all, life is like a book, just because one chapter has come to an end, the book keeps ongoing. So does life, it continues to go on past all the endings that have occurred recently. Although it is bittersweet, I wouldn’t change my experience for the world.