At Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, the excitement surrounding the grand opening of the Arts Center is growing exponentially, with less than two months until the curtain rises for the annual Dance Concert. In the mean time, Kathy Liu and Rina Battulga, two boarding students, share why they are passionately involved in the dance program at FSHA.
By Kathy Liu
I’m Kathy, a boarding student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, and I’m from mainland China. As a hip hop dancer, I joined the FSHA’s Urban Dance Crew last year.
FUDC is a team where I can express my feelings. I learned to dance when I was young, but I had never worked in a team. Last year I learned what teamwork is and how hard it is to complete a perfect show.
As a member of FUDC, I work on some choreography and formations. I feel that building the connection between members is extremely important. This year as the captain of FUDC, I feel that taking the responsibility is not easy. In my opinion, I agree with “work hard and play hard.” So every time we have practice, we make sure everyone is doing their work, and we see a lot of improvements.
Hip hop makes me feel more confident, and when I stand on stage, I feel powerful and energetic.
I’m glad to be in the FSHA dance program because I find truly who I am. I used to be a shy girl who doesn’t like to stand out when I have chance. Hip hop makes me feel more confident, and when I stand on stage, I feel powerful and energetic. Hip hop dance doesn’t need any speaking skill or writing skill, so it’s an easier way for me, as a boarding student, to speak out to others. I’ve made many new friends since I join the FUDC.
This year, it’s amazing that FUDC has 10 new members. For me, I was really worried at first because I didn’t believe in my leadership. Now, I trust myself and my members; they are so hardworking. I usually teach members basic hip hop movements and some pieces in every practice, and I understand the feeling of being a teacher. You have to be patient. When I see members are depressed or tired, I encourage them because I know the learning process is frustrating. We’ve overcome a lot of tough problems, and I believe in the dance concert we will have a lot of improvements.
My dancing experience helps me to become a strong and confident woman, and I hope FUDC will get stronger and better.
By Rina Battulga
Even though these responsibilities [as co-captain of FUDC] are a heavy weight to carry, I learned to keep them under check and to really push our team to do their best.