I began dancing at Ocean Dance Force, back when it was Ocean Center East, when I was three years old. This studio remained my home until I graduated from high school in 2013, and all these years later, I still can’t help but to go back. The teachers and students there are my extended family, and I never cease to learn from them. Studying under the amazing teachers and motivators at Ocean Dance Force encouraged me to pursue a dance career after I graduated high school. I now attend Marymount Manhattan College as a double major in Dance and Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Neuroscience. This is not an easy load, and I know my life would be a lot simpler if I gave up dance in pursuit of just medicine. But dance is who I am in my soul, and the passion I cultivated during all those early years has never left me, and I don’t think it ever will.
Balancing technique classes, organic chemistry, anatomy labs, rehearsals, and exams while trying to maintain a high GPA is not easy, but dance is what gets me through my day, everyday. I am fortunate enough to attend an amazing dance program, where I take ballet and various modern technique classes everyday, interspersed with rehearsals and other technique requirements like tap and jazz. There is no way I would have been able to get into this program without the guidance and technique I learned at Ocean Dance Force. There, I learned discipline, respect, artistry, perseverance, and passion are what I need to excel in my career and never let the harder sides of dance get me down.
I am so in love with every aspect of my studies, and am lucky to be in a program that allows me to perform, hone my technique, and still garner the requirements I need to go to medical school, so I can eventually become a sports medicine doctor. I hope to audition for modern companies when I graduate, but quite honestly will take whatever dance jobs I can get because no matter what the mode, dance is my love. I also hope to attend medical school after performing for some time, so that I can help athletes maintain their health outside of the field or studio.
I have been lucky enough to perform pieces by Anthony Ferro, Cherise Barton, and Nancy Lushington so far in my college career, and most recently rehearsing for a Nicholias based pieced choreographed by Alberto Del Salz that was presented this past April. This roller coaster ride has been crazy, but I am hanging on through every minute and dancing through the journey.
Tracy- we are all so proud of you. Your studies mixed with your dance education has made you an incredibly special person. What an inspiration to read your story and hear of how Ocean Dance Force has impacted your life in such a positive way! Medical School is lucky to have you one day! Every time we get to watch you dance is a gift & and we are grateful to have you in our lives! Don't ever stop dancing and enjoying life! Ocean Dance Force LOVES you!!!