Sophomore at Central Bucks South High School
Being able to dance at the 76ers game was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Not every dancer gets to say that they did that in their life and that’s why I am extremely grateful for my studio. The dancers and staff at Freestyle dance academy are a family. This experience has really brought us together as a dance studio. Last year in November, we had the opportunity to dance at the halftime show for a Temple University football game. We also have danced at many charity events encouraging kids to get out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams. Privileges like these are what us, as dancers, live for. Our studio director, Tony Azzaro, has been an amazing mentor for us to succeed. He has pushed us and always supports us every step of the way, along with all of the other amazing teachers at Freestyle Dance Academy.
The day of the 76ers performance, we all felt very nervous but had a sense of comfort when we all got together. We were always reminded that no matter what happened out there on the court, they would be proud of us. One of the coolest parts about this experience for me was that we were allowed to go under the stadium where the 76ers players stay and even had the privilege of seeing some on them. We then warmed up and went over all the moves to the dance. After some words of wisdom from our teachers, we gathered together for one last pep talk. We made our way up to the stadium with an overwhelming amount of excitement that words cannot begin to describe. I stepped foot on the court with some of my best friends next to me and we gave it everything we had. Looking out into the audience, we had our families cheering us on which definitely gave us a sense of comfort. After the performance, all of our hearts were racing a mile a minute and all I could think was how I will never forget this moment. I am sure I can speak for everyone else at the studio that we will always be eternally grateful for the incredible opportunity we got.
Senior at Central Bucks South and MBIT
I have been a dancer at FDA for over 4 years and I have seen it all but there is something about performing in front of hundreds of people that is just unforgettable. When you watch performers and you are in the audience the experience is so much different. You don’t see all the commitment, time and effort that goes into just a 5 minute performance. This specific performance I got to be on the other side of the camera instead of dancing along side my studio mates. I saw first hand how much work all the teachers and students put forth. I saw them come together as a team. They pushed through early morning rehearsals and repetitive choreography always with their eyes on the prize. A big goal of mine after being asked to video their journey was to capture what goes on behind the scenes. Over 20 proud parents had a video on their small phone screen but mine was much different. I got to show where friendship and dance comes together. I hope that everyone who watches the video sees how exciting it is for such a closely connected studio to experience such an amazing opportunity. I am so proud of everyone and cannot wait to see what is in store for us next.
Watch Olivia's amazing video here!