I am still so happy that I asked my parents to sign me up for ballet lessons at Harbor Ballet Theatre when I was four years old. I continued dancing at HBT until graduating high school, and made lifelong friends and countless memories along the way. Once I was in middle and high school, I chose to focus on dance as my main extracurricular activity and spent most of my free time at the dance studio. Being so dedicated to dance this way taught me discipline and time management skills that carried over into my general work ethic in school and even now in my professional career. The dancing technique I developed at HBT prepared me to go on to become a dance minor at Providence College and a current company dancer for Danceworks Boston. HBT will always hold a very special place in my heart. It is where I discovered my passion for dance and performing. After a long day at school I would look forward to going to dance, where I could leave my problems at the studio door and express myself and challenge myself with some of my best friends. Learning together, rehearsing together, and performing together creates a really special bond between dancers. My friends and I joke today that we are so close because we grew up in a dance studio together… but it really is true and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am so grateful to Amy and John for all the hard work they put into the studio and for creating this wonderful community that I am lucky to be a part of.