Grace Weidemann, a 14-year-old Glenwood Springs High School freshman, has been dancing consistently for four years. Now training with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in Glenwood Springs, she hopes to continue improving and keep dance in her life in some capacity.
Post Independent: What made you want to start dancing, and what has kept you going?
Grace Weidemann: I started dancing almost four years ago, when I was 10. I originally started dancing because I was into theater, and I wanted to improve my dancing in order to receive better roles. However, after several months of doing both theater and dance, I decided to completely focus on dance. I like it because it is great for perseverance, discipline, exercise, expression, and it’s something I just generally enjoy doing.
PI: What types of dance have you been trained in? What’s your favorite and why?
GW: I have been trained in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary and a little bit of tap. I enjoy contemporary the most. This is because it incorporates multiple styles of dance into one and has more room for expression and creativity than more academic styles.
PI: What studios have you taken classes from In the valley?
GW: When I was 3 or 4, I took ballet for several months at both the Center for the Arts and at Glenwood Dance Academy. I then quit for about six years, but started up again at the Dance Academy when I was 10. I now dance with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. I also studied at the Jillana School this summer for about a month in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.
PI: Tell me about one of your most memorable moments from a performance.
GW: One of my most memorable performances was when I was in 8th grade, and my class was performing a contemporary piece. I had just been moved up to the most advanced level at the Dance Academy, and it was nice because it was one of the first times that I actually felt like a part of the group.
PI: What do you love about dance in general as an artform?
GW: With dance, you can never stop improving, and you can always take it to the next level, which is something I appreciate.
PI: Do you plan to continue dancing in the future? If so, in what capacity?
GW: I definitely want to have dance be a part of my future, but I’m not sure how yet, because there are also other things that I want to do in my life. I am considering dancing professionally, dancing in college or just becoming a dance teacher or choreographer.
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