Acacia Irving, 11
What is the most important thing you’ve learned from being in GLOW in Motion?
I’ve learned how to be a leader, to follow directions and to stand out, you know, not be with the crowd, to have my own sense of humor, to be respectful and just be a strong, young girl.
Which of the pieces in the show is your favorite? Why?
I would say Greatest because I really like elegant dances, but also because it talks about how to be the greatest, how my back’s against the ropes, but I’m not going to give up, I’m still going to be a powerful girl.
Why is dance important to you?
Dance is important to me because of those hard moments in life, those hard times in life where you’re trying your best in school, you don’t have the right grades, your parents are on you, you’ve got a lot of homework to do. Plus, I’ve recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, so it’s really nice to just let all of those things go and just be with the music.
If you weren’t part of GLOW in Motion or at Moving in the Spirit, what do you think you would miss the most?
I think I would miss the type of modern dance we do. I also like how we have family time, how we talk about our day, at the beginning and the end we talk about how we’re feeling. Most dance places don’t have the same environment as Moving in the Spirit.
How are you a leader at Moving in the Spirit?
When people have questions, especially the younger ones who can’t go that fast, I help them in between instructions and keep practicing with them because I believe that if you keep practicing, it won’t be perfect, but it will be just right.
How do you show strength in your performance and in your life?
I show strength in my performance by smiling and giving eye contact because you connect with other people by making eye contact. Also, showing the movements out because the words come to life when you see them in dances. In life, in order to be strong, you can’t give up. To be adventurous, whatever kind of personality you have, you have to show it in everything you do.