Friday, February 15, 2013

My First Dance: Kerri-Ann Paradis Hutton

My first experience with dance was when I was 3 years old, it was with the City of Brampton Parks and Recreation programs. My mom really wanted to sign me up for tap dance classes, but they did not offer them for my age. So instead she signed me up for Creative Movement. 

It was my true calling! I think I was a little flower in the year-end recital. I remember flashes of the first time I was on stage performing. A huge group of us in a circle…I was 7 years old, and I was in tap class with students much older than I. My teacher choreographed a part of our dance where I twirled in toward the older boy in my class, and had to kiss his cheek. It was terrible!

If I could go back in time I would tell my younger self to remember that there is no way to fail. Every experience is worth it, good or bad. And to stop participating in competitions…real dance is art that no one can give a score out of 100.

I have evolved as a dancer over the years by training hard, and most importantly, by having life experience. I believe that having children has changed the way I dance. Over the years, my confidence has increased, and my goals have been set and met. I thought about leaving the dance world a few times, but it was disastrous. It was like I was being someone else. I am a dancer. I always have been…ever since that first time I went to dance class at 3 years old.

Five words that describe dance to me are:  Art, Dedication, Storytelling, Passion, and Freedom

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