Anna Jean Lower, age 10, will perform with GLOW in Motion on March 9 & 10 in ‘Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.’
What does it mean to you to speak up and share your voice?
It makes me feel powerful and like I can speak up. Most of the time, I keep my emotions and my feelings to myself, but it’s nice to actually be able to express how I feel and find people who have the same feelings as me.
How do you speak up or speak out in your everyday life?
Something that I feel really strongly about is that women are equal with men. I’m a girl who’s going to grow up to be a woman and I want to be treated fairly. Everybody should be fair — what’s the difference between all of us?
How do you help other young people like you speak out, even when they’re afraid?
A lot of times, at school and other places, I’ll ask people how they’re feeling and just hang out with them. If they want to share something with me that they feel strongly about, I think they can tell me about anything. I want them to feel like they trust me.
What has been your biggest challenge in preparing for this performance, and how have you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has probably expressing myself with my body again. I haven’t been dancing for a while, so it’s been a little challenging to get back into it.
So, what have you been doing to overcome that?
I’ve been practicing and trusting myself. I know how to do the moves because my teachers have taught me. I just need to learn to trust and be confident in what I’m doing.
Why should people come to see the upcoming show?
People should come to see this performance because we’ve been working really hard on it. We’re very strong dancers and we put effort into the things we do. So, whatever you see on stage will be awesome!
You can see Anna Jean and her fellow GLOW in Motion dancers perform on March 9 & 10 in Beyond Belief: Youth Voices Through Dance.