End of an Era


Kiyana Castillo, Writer

   Being a Melba’s girl and dancing all my life has been a transformative experience that has shaped me into the person I am today. From the first time I stepped into the dance studio, I knew that this was where I belonged. The countless hours of practice, rehearsals, and performances as well as hardships have taught me valuable life lessons that have made me a better person.

   One of the most significant ways dancing has impacted me is by teaching me discipline and perseverance. The rigorous training and strict schedules required of Melbas girls have taught me the value of hard work and the importance of setting goals. Through dance, I have learned that success requires dedication, commitment, and a willingness to push through even when things get tough.

   Dancing has also taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration. As a Melba’s girl, I have had the opportunity to work with a group of talented and dedicated dancers who share my passion for dance. These dancers have not only become my best friends but as well as lifelong friends. Through this experience, I have learned how to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and work towards a common goal. These skills have been invaluable to me both on and off the dance floor.

   Perhaps most importantly, dancing has given me a sense of confidence and self-assurance that I never had before. Through dance, I have learned to express myself in new and creative ways and to embrace my individuality. I have learned to push past my fears and insecurities and to believe in myself and my abilities.

   Now, as I approach the end of my senior year, I am faced with the reality that my time as a Melba’s girl has come to an end. While I am excited to move on to new things, I know that I will always cherish the memories and lessons I learned from being a part of such an amazing team. I will never forget the feeling of stepping onto the stage and performing in front of a live audience, especially my last performance the sense of accomplishment that comes from mastering a difficult routine, or the bonds that I have formed with my fellow dancers, But not just that, it was the sense of accomplishment that came knowing I had finally done it. I had finally become the “big girl” the younger me would always look up to. Running on that stage one final time was an emotional yet bittersweet moment I wish I could relive over and over again.

    In conclusion, being a Melba’s girl and dancing all my life has been a transformative experience that has had a profound impact on my life. Through dance, I have learned the value of discipline, teamwork, and self-confidence, and I have grown into a better, more well-rounded person as a result. While I may not be dancing anymore after my senior year, I will always carry the lessons and memories of this experience with me, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing team.