Sage Stephens, 12
What is the most important thing you’ve learned from being in GLOW in Motion?
I think the most important thing for me was to be confident in what I do because I wasn’t the most confident person. Being in GLOW was to help me be more confident and I feel that the dances and the Family Time and everything else has helped me improve and learn to be more confident in myself instead of what people want me to be.
Which of the pieces in the show is your favorite? Why?
I think it’s between Greatest and Freedom. Greatest because of the song and the meaning behind it and Freedom because I like learning about civil rights and I feel like the dance especially expresses a lot of things that went on with civil rights.
Why is dance important to you?
Since I moved here from Chicago, I love to dance and it makes me feel welcome and like I can express myself more. Even when I don’t feel like it, dance still makes me feel good inside.
What advice would you give a girl your age who wasn’t feeling confident?
I feel like I would tell her to ignore everybody else that wants her to be something she’s not because I know a lot of people that know who they are inside but they’re trying to please everybody else and don’t follow what they want to be.
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 feel like I would have been a lot more closed-off and shy about things instead of opening up more and a lot less confident in myself.
How do you show strength in your performance and in your life?
This might sound weird, but I show it in my posture. In my performance, some days I’m really in a great mood, feel good about myself, I’m on task and I have the best posture. That reflects in my life, too, because I used to sulk and bend over when I walked a lot and I noticed that I walk with my head up more and my back is straight and I’m looking out into the world instead of looking at the floor. I’ve had a greater impact in everything, like meeting people and not being so secluded.