Dancing For A Different Crowd

By Staff Writers Valerie Mosier and Steven Moreno

When gazing into the crowd at her dance competitions, she is not met with the same chants and cheers that spring from the crowd of Blazers that other student athletes are met with. Senior Megan Richardson is a competitive dancer, but not for Timberline. Richardson is involved in an out-of-school dance academy. Richardson weighs in on the differences between school-sponsored and sports that take place outside of Timberline.

The studio Inspired to Move Dance Academy in Lacey is home to Richardson’s articulate dance styles. She dances and competes in a multitude of styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and more, some of which are not offered through Timberline’s own dance team.

Much of Richardson’s free time is devoted to her sport. “It’s a big commitment, I do a lot for it.” said Richardson. Richardson is able to commit her time to dancing by using organizational skills to alot time away from other commitments, like school work. “A huge part is time management,” said Richardson. “I really have to divvy out my time.”

Richardson considers the differences in the amount of time she spends dancing outside of school versus the time she would spend if she was on a school dance team to be a significant pull in keeping her at the studio. “I think a school sport tends to be more recreational because they’re in seasons,” said Richardson. “Dance, for me, it’s all year round. I do it all year every day.”

Richardson’s participation in an out of school sport instead of one at Timberline is not fueled by a disliking of Timberline sports. Her reasoning has more of a sentimental value to it. “I started dancing at a studio when I was four. It’s what I’ve always done, so I think it would be weird for me to switch over to a school sport because I’ve [danced] at the studio for so long,” said Richardson.

While Richardson enjoys her time with Timberline students at school, she values her time spent with her non-Blazer teammates. “I like to keep my school life and my dance life kind of separate,” said Richardson. “If it’s just the same people fourteen hours a day, everyday, I would just go crazy!”

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